Research and insights

Have you ever wanted to know more about the economic or social trends in the UK or the area you live in? We've used the power of the data we hold to help people better understand some of the interesting and sometimes surprising facts, figures and insights about your local community, a region, or even all of the UK.

Backing the UK in 2017

An excerpt from the 'Barclays Backing the UK' report April 2018

Barclays Backing the UK 2017

‘Barclays Backing the UK’ presents information and data from across all of Barclays’ activities in the UK in 2017. It has been analysed by an independent economist at Development Economics Ltd to produce a comprehensive view of Barclays’ impact.

Writing in the foreword of the report, Jes Staley, Group Chief Executive, said: “Barclays has been part of the fabric of the UK for over 327 years, and our success as a business has always been inextricably linked to the progress of the people and the businesses that we serve here. With over 24 million customers and clients today, this is arguably truer now than it has ever been. As we go through this period of uncertainty, one thing is clear: Barclays is in the United Kingdom to stay, and here to help, just as we have always been.”

Download the Barclays Backing the UK report (PDF 2MB)

Consumer spending grows 4 per cent in December


Data from Barclaycard, which processes nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, shows that December’s 4.0 per cent growth was above the average of 3.2 per cent for Q4 2017 – the result of weaker performance in October (2.4 per cent) and November (2.8 per cent), as consumers spent more cautiously following months of rising prices and stagnant wage growth.

Destination UK


The UK remains an attractive tourist destination for both domestic holidaymakers and international visitors.

The increased convenience and value for money of UK holidays are driving more staycations. Over half of the British adults surveyed would choose short breaks in the UK in addition to their main international holidays. British holidaymakers also appear to have increased budgets for their domestic trips, with 30% planning to spend more on leisure activities than in previous years.

Capital markets and the economy

Millennium Bridge, London

Capital markets play a vital role in the long-term health of the UK economy. They connect companies, governments and institutions with investors, and direct money into productive investments, like innovation and government spending.

Brexit: The data you need to know

Way out sign

The triggering of Article 50 in March this year started the clock ticking on the two-year negotiation period to formalise the arrangements for the UK’s relationship with the European Union following the June 2016 ‘leave’ vote.

To help make sense of the Brexit process, the potential outcomes, as well as the broader economic implications, our Research team has created a comprehensive Brexit chart book, including timelines and what we see as the key macroeconomic data boiled down into 27 charts across two informative pages.