Children are spending more of their pocket money on soft drinks each week than on games, toys and hobbies, new figures suggest.
Between 2015 and 2017, youngsters aged between seven and 15 spent an average of 91p per week on soft drinks, compared with 77p on games, toys and hobbies, 57p on computer consoles and software and 54p on confectionery.
The data, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show more than half (56 per cent) of children within the age range bought at least one soft drink in a typical fortnight period, mainly drinking them away from home.
It found older children were more likely to buy the drinks, with three-quarters (75 per cent) of 13 to 15-year-olds buying at least one soft drink.
This compared to 58 per cent of ten to 12-year-olds and just 38 per cent of seven to nine-year-olds.
According to the ONS, almost half (48 per cent) of all children spent money on confectionery, such as chocolate, in a two-week period.
Games, toys and hobbies was the top spending category for seven-to-nine-year-olds, who spent £1.30 a week on average, on items such as jigsaw puzzles, teddy bears and card games.
A quarter of children aged between seven and nine years bought at least one item that fell into this category, compared with one in seven (14 per cent) of ten to 12-year-olds and one in 20 (five per cent) 13 to 15-year-olds.
The report said that, on average, children aged between seven and 15 spent £12.40 a week.
Fifteen-year-olds spent £25 a week, compared with £7.40 on average spent by seven-year-olds.