Week on week like-for-like sales UP a further 13.4%

Week on week like-for-like sales UP a further 13.4%

Analysis of sales from operators who were open last week showed that overall sales were up 13.4% on the previous week, with sales of food up 22.2% and drink sales growing 7.3% on the previous full weeks trading. 

The figures from this week show a continued growth of sales, building on the 21.3% week on week boost in sales from the previous week. While weekly like-for-likes continue to grow, it is worth noting that like-for-like sales are still down 24.1% when comparing last week with the same week in 2019 (an improvement on the 34.4% drop we reported on the previous weeks year on year like-for-likes.). 

London experienced a slight plateauing in its recovery, with a 1.7% week on week like-for-like increase and a drop of 28.6% year on year. Like-for-like food sales within the capital had been sluggish since lockdown measure were eased earlier this month, however, last week sales of food in London jumped a notable 17.5% on the previous week.  

Chief Product Office Richard Hartley commented that there the figures show an encouraging trend, particularly with regards to seeing that food sales are starting to turn a corner. We would expect to see sales continue to grow as consumer confidence around safety increases and government incentives such as “Eat Out to Help Out” start to gain traction. 

Re-opening  Sales Figures

Re-opening Sales Figures

Like-for-like sales down 30% year-on-year in first full week of trading since regulations ease:

Last week we reported that like-for-like sales were down 33.6% year-on-year in first weekend of trading since regulations eased, this week we can report that the week that followed so called Super Saturday, were down 29.8% compared to the same week in 2019.

The research uncovers a split in the performance of sales of drinks and sales of food. Sales of drinks were down 21.3% while sales of food down 40.0% compared to the same week in 2019. While the figures had very little deviation when comparing sites that were inside and outside of London, the capital performed slightly worse on sales of food, down 43.0% (compared to 40% down nationally) while sales of drinks inside London, while still down, were only down 18.7% (compared to the national decline of 21.3%).

Analysis.

July the 4th 2020, the day the hospitality industry was allowed to reopen their doors to customers in England after been forced to close as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Not every operator decided to reopen and those that did, did so to mixed pubic press on the rights and wrongs of them doing so, a raft of new government guidelines and an unknown level of public appetite to return to eating and drinking out. Anecdotally, operators had relatively low sales expectations from the opening weekend and many would have been encouraged by sales that were up 13.3% in comparison with the weekend before lock-down (14th
and 15th of March), albeit down 33.6% year-on-year.

The most notable trend from the following week including the weekend was the continued decline of food sales. S4labour Chief Customer Officer Sam Wignell said: “In these very early days of reopening, it is clear that social distancing is going to prevent food led business from serving the same number of guests they previously would have, explaining some of the reason why food sales have declined more severely than drinks. S4labour Chief Product Officer Richard Hartley said: Huge efforts have been made to make eating and drinking out safe, this has inevitably had an effect on capacity. We are also seeing some degree of people dipping their toe back in the water with a drink out, perhaps holding off for a period before going out for a meal.

Week on week like-for-like sales UP a further 13.4%

Like-for-likes down 30% year-on-year in first full week of trading since regulations ease

The week that preceded opening weekend saw a 30% drop in like-for-like sales compared with the previous year. Data from S4labour, the online labour-scheduling management system from Catton Hospitality, showed like-for-like sales of drink were down 21.3% and food 40%. The figures had little deviation when comparing sites that were inside and outside London. S4labour chief customer officer Sam Wignell said: “In these very early days of reopening, it’s clear social distancing is going to prevent food-led business from serving the same number of guests they previously would have, explaining some of the reasons why food sales have declined more severely than drinks.” S4labour chief product officer Richard Hartley added: “Huge efforts have been made to make eating and drinking out safe and this has inevitably had an effect on capacity. We are also seeing some people dip their toe back in the water with a drink out, perhaps holding off for a period before going out for a meal.” 

S4labour is a Propel BeatTheVirus campaign member