Re-Opening Sales Figures – Week 4

Re-Opening Sales Figures – Week 4

Hospitality sales continue to tumble, DOWN 23% week on week.

Hospitality sales continued their decline last week, sliding 23% compared to the previous week. While roughly half of sites remain closed, those that did trade saw like for likes down 15% compared to the same week in 2019.

Week on week sales had been declining since hospitality re-opened outside on the 12th of April, with a significant amount of the decline being driven by weak London performance, while sites outside of the capital remained fairly stable, until last week. Sites outside of London saw a week-on-week sales drop of over 24%. Sites inside the capital compounded two weeks of decline with a 16% drop week-on-week.

Drink sales plunged 25.3% week on week, indicating that the public’s appetite for outside drinking was washed away by the inclement weather. At the same time food sales also fell 13.9%.

Poor trading last week resulted in a significant increase in the percentage of the market who traded at 90% or less of 2019 levels. Two thirds of operators failed to trade at 90% of 2019 levels with half failing to achieve even 70% of 2019 levels.

S4labours Chief Product Officer, Richard Hartley, commented, “this level of decline shows just how difficult it is to run a hospitality business in these conditions. The weather was awful and goes a long way to explaining this data, but for another week, the 70% of operators who are significantly down on 2019 will have their eyes firmly on May the 17th, when they can protect their guest from our unpredictable weather, give their team more hours and increase their capacity to get profitable again”.

Re-Opening Sales Figures – Week 3

Re-Opening Sales Figures – Week 3

Hospitality week on week sales down 1.2%.

According to analysis from S4labour, last week’s hospitality sales were down 1.2% on the previous week. However, the decline was driven from weak performance in London, where week on week sales slipped 9.1%. Sites outside the capital grow sales by nearly 1% on the previous week.

The number of sites that were open also declined last week. For the first two weeks since the rules were relaxed to allow outside trading, circa 55% of sites were open, however, that figure slipped to 48% last week.

63% of sites traded at greater or equal to their sales level, compared to the same week in 2019, with two thirds of sites trading at 80% or above 2019 levels.

Chief Customer Officer, Sam Wignell commented that “We would anticipate some dampening on trading in London as people leave the city over a Bank Holiday weekend, but the severity of sales decline indicates just how vulnerable the industry is to adverse weather at the moment.” “We have always known that re-opening with reduced capacity would make trade unfeasible for many. We are starting to see that, for those with limited space, re-closing is the only option for now”.

Re-opening Sales Figures – Week 2

Re-opening Sales Figures – Week 2

Hospitality Like-for-likes down 10.5%, with 70% of sites trading at similar or above 2019 levels.

According to analysis of more than 150 organisations that use S4labour’s workforce management software, there is little change in the number of sites that were able to open in the second week of re-opening, with 45% of sites still not trading, and those that were trading, saw like-for-likes 10.5% down compared to the same week in 2019.  Despite the decline, the distribution of sites trading at similar or above levels to the same week in 2019, has jumped from 45% in re-opening week, to 70% of sites last week. The figures should be viewed in the context comparing pre-pandemic trading conditions against significantly reduced capacity in most sites currently.

 

While like-for-likes were down 10.5% on the same week in 2019, the decline was almost entirely driven by a 19% fall in drink sales, sales of food were equal to 2019 levels.

 

Chief Customer Officer, Sam Wignell added, “We expect 70% of open sites trading at similar or above 2019 levels to be the benchmark until operators are allowed to utilise all of their capacity if the weather holds and it’s not a surprise that sales are down, with sites being so hampered by outdoor only rules”.

 

 

Hospitality sales last week were only down 7.5% compared to the highs of EOTHO levels, with drink down 2.6% and food, while no longer subsided by the government scheme was only down 11.6%.

 

S4labour’s Chief Product Officer, Richard Hartley, commented that, “the figures suggest enthusiasm for a first drink in the beer garden faded very slightly and so it has become even more important that sites who can only operate at a limited capacity, or are not able to trade at all, get the support they need to survive.

Hospitality Re-Opening Week Sales Figures

Hospitality Re-Opening Week Sales Figures

Hospitality like-for-like sales up 9.1% but 45% of sites remain closed resulting in total sales decline of 25%.
 
According to an analysis of more than 150 organisations that use S4labour’s workforce management software, sites that were open during the first week of a relaxation in rules, had strong sales, with like-for-likes up 9.1% compared to the same week in 2019. However, the analysis of the figures reveals a mixed and complex picture, with 45% of open sites trading at 90% or worse than 2019 of sales in same week in 2019.
 
In addition to this, 45% of hospitality sites were not open at all last week, resulting in an overall decline in hospitality sales of 25% compared to the same week in 2019.
 
Operators able to open, benefited from significant pent-up demand and weather conditions that, despite starting with a scattering of snow Monday morning, were generally dry and mild. The research suggests that the general public in England were keen to return to the beer garden for a drink, with open wet-led sites boosted by a 13.2% uplift in sales compared to the same week in 2019, while open sites that are food focused seeing an uplift of 7%.
 
Chief Product Office, Richard Hartley commented “with 45% of sites closed and only half of these sites able to trade at an equal or better level than 2019, these figures on re-opening week are far from a waving flag of success for current restrictions, rather an indicator of significant lost potential for operators.
 
S4labour’s Chief Customer Officer, Sam Wignell, added that “achieving 9.1% growth under trading restrictions that significantly reduced capacity to outside only, as well as the length of the trading day, is an indicator of what could have been for the industry. Those with outside space were able to capitalise on pent-up demand and many had a very successful week, but this will naturally dissipate as time goes on, further hitting those penalised for not having outside space.

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