Debit card spending rose 28% in March compared to the previous month, according to new data from Bank of Ireland.

As the vaccine roll-out continues, the data suggests that consumers are beginning to see hope on the horizon, with airline spending up 45%.

However, many appear to be focusing on home improvements, with spending on carpentry professionals increasing by 102%.

According to the data, spending in gardening stores was up 118%, while spending in bicycle shops was up 57%.

People also spent more on charitable donations, with the figures revealing a 56% increase in such payments.

With many people continuing to work from home, spending on office equipment remained strong throughout the month, up 22%.

The debit card data shows that spending on fast-food takeaways is continuing to rise, with a 35% month-on-month increase, while men’s and women’s clothing stores saw spending rise by 28%.