Stat of the day: £3.4bn

The amount singles contribute to the UK economy each year in their pursuit of lurve...

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Valentine’s day is but two weeks away, so it’s only fitting that we take this opportunity to celebrate singles and their (rather hefty) contribution to the economy. According to research from the Centre of Economic Business Research, they spend £3.4bn a year in their quest to find Mr/Ms Right.

Apparently, Brits go on 37 million dates each year, spending an average of £47 per date. That includes £1.3bn at restaurants, bars and other locations; £1bn on clothing and £420m a year on getting to and from dates. That doesn’t even include the amount spent on those big heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, at beauty salons, on cosmetics or (crucially) on contraceptives. So before we spend the next couple of weeks getting all loved-up, let’s take a moment to give thanks to the nation’s singletons…

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