People going on trips from the UK – potentially including those on holidays to India – are still unable to resist the lure of the duty-free in Britain’s airports, it has been shown.

People going on trips from the UK – potentially including those on holidays to India – are still unable to resist the lure of the duty-free in Britain’s airports, it has been shown.

Nick Gladding, spokesperson for Verdict Research, said that people are more willing to reduce their spending in other areas before their holidays than they are to spend nothing on duty-free items such as perfume, spirits and designer make-up.

Explaining the trend, he commented: “What we’ve seen is a polarising in spending; people are trading down and buying value items and at the same time, safeguarding on premium products as well.”

The firm found that 83 per cent of air passengers spend between £50 and £199 before their plane takes off, with two-thirds admitting to making purchases they may not have considered at home on the high street.

A previous study by Co-operative Bank Credit Cards also found that Britons are big airport spenders, with the average family splashing out £72 on items such as books, magazines, duty-free and food before they go abroad.

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