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Consumer spending up 3.0% in September as economic recovery continues

• Consumer spending growth of 3.0% in September - above inflation for sixth month in a row.
• Restaurants (11.2%), DIY (5.8%) and Clothing (2.4%) see bumper spend as families increasingly shake off austerity and part more readily with their money
• Average transaction values continue to fall but number of transactions grows as Brits seek value for money by hunting down the best bargains from different shops

Barclays Spain and Caja Rural Castilla-La Mancha reach agreement for the transfer of 14 branches

Barclays Spain and Caja Rural Castilla-La Mancha have reached an agreement for the transfer of the business of 14 branches located in Madrid, Ávila, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo. The transfer is capital accretive for Barclays and the 14 branches are part of the branch restructuring announced in February by Barclays as part of the repositioning of its European Retail Banking business to focus on the Premier segment.

Barclays signals commitment to Armed Forces

Barclays has today (Thursday, 26 September 2013) called on businesses across the UK to join them in doing as much as they can to support members of the military and their families.