SHOPPERS had an extra £18 a week to spend in June compared with a year ago, thanks to the falling price of food, drink and clothing, according to Asda’s latest Income Tracker.
The average UK household had £189 a week to spend on the things they want, rather than the items they need, which is over 10 per cent higher than this time last year.
Customer wealth was boosted by a 2.2 per cent fall in the price of food and alcohol.
Asda said the traditional British picnic will cost less this summer, as the price of food was found to be 0.2 per cent cheaper than last month and 2.2 per cent cheaper than last year.
The downward effect followed a fall in prices on a range of items including bread, jam, chocolate and confectionery.
Alcohol prices also fell 2.2 per cent compared with June 2014.
The price of clothing was 0.8 per cent lower than the same time last year.
Summer fashion sales also helped the price of clothing and footwear to fall by 0.4 per cent between May and June.
The price of equipment for sport and open-air recreation was 2.8 per cent cheaper in June this year while games, toys and hobbies saw a 3.5 per cent price decrease compared with June 2014.
Yorkshire was below the national average with a £16 rise, but this represented an 11 per cent increase.
Chief customer officer at Asda, Barry Williams, said: “This month’s tracker brings yet more good news for households across Britain.
“As the summer holidays approach and the days are getting brighter the pressure on family budgets will be lighter, giving them a chance to spend more money on the things they want to do, rather than need to do.
“It’s reassuring to see that Northern Ireland continues with its accelerated recovery and that the North East continues to benefit from a fall in unemployment.”