Stat of the day: 1%

The rise in the amount being spent on gym memberships; the only area in the leisure sector to see an increase

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Consumer spending on leisure activities dropped sharply in the past six months, according to corporate advisory firm Zolfo Cooper.

The report found that people are spending less money on dining out, going clubbing, and drinking in pubs and bars – with spending in all three falling between 40-45%.

But there is one area of the leisure sector which has seen an increase, albeit a slight one. Gym membership has increased by 1%, despite some earlier suggestions by critics this year that the high cost of membership is putting people off joining.

But let’s not get too optimistic. Wonder how many of those new recruits will still be regularly attending the gym in another six months...?

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