Hospitality Sales Down 9%

Hospitality Sales Down 9%

Hospitality Sales down 9%

 

According to analysis from S4labour, the people, productivity and payroll software provider for hospitality, like-for-likes fell last week by 9.6% compared to the same week in 2019. Drink sales were down 17.7%, with food sales down 0.8% compared to the same week in 2019.

 

Trading in London continues to lag with last week’s sales down 24.1%. This was largely attributed to drinks sales, which declined by 30.7%, with food sales down 12.6%.

 

Non-London sites traded below 2019 levels by 6.3%, with drinks sales falling 14%. However, food sales were slightly up 1%.

 

S4labour’s Chief Innovation Officer, Richard Hartley commented, “despite the excellent weather, there are a number of factors that are currently suppressing sales. With circa 5% of the adult population being forced into isolation last week, there is going less people able to get out to eat and drink. While the heat drove stronger performance for rural sites, London’s limited outside space made it difficult to capitalise alfresco conditions. This coupled with the labour crisis, exacerbated by the Covid App, made last week a particularly challenging environment for hospitality. While we wait in anticipation for what we hope will be a great week with restrictions being lifted, these figures show that there is still a long way to go to fully restore consumer confidence.”

 

Sales in June up 4.4% on 2019 figures despite on-going restrictions.

Sales in June up 4.4% on 2019 figures despite on-going restrictions.

Sales in June up 4.4% on 2019 figures despite on-going restrictions.

The latest sales data from S4labour shows that hospitality sales for the month of June were up 4.4% on the same week in 2019. This is made up of a healthy increase in food sales of 16.2% but a significant decline in drinks sales of 6.9%.
Richard Hartley, Chief Innovation Officer for S4labour, commented “it’s great to see the country’s desire to get back into hospitality is sustaining, but the extended restrictions are continuing to have an adverse impact on the drinks trade and the revised date for ‘freedom day’ of July 19th will mean that they miss out on key trading opportunities including the key games of Euro 2020.” 

 

Indoor Re-Opening Sales Figures

Indoor Re-Opening Sales Figures

Hospitality like-for-likes sales UP 9% on indoor re-opening week.

In the first full week since operators were able to serve guests indoors since November 2020, hospitality sales were up 9% compared to the same week in 2019. However, these figures paint a picture of mixed fortunes for the industry, with a significant bounce in food sales and the continued collapse in drinks revenue.

Food sales were up nearly 30% on the same week in 2019, representing significant demand for out of home dining. While there was pent up demand for eating out, remaining restrictions prohibit vertical and late-night drinking, resulting in the continued decline of drink sales, down 7% on 2019 levels.

While there was an overall bounce in like for like performance in the U.K., sites in London were level with the same week in 2019, with all the growth driven by sites outside the capital.

For the first time since hospitality re-opened in April, the majority of sites in the U.K. are trading at above 2019, even if many are only marginally so. Last week, only 19% of sites traded at 90% or less than their 2019 levels. This is in contrast with two weeks ago, when two thirds of operators were trading at below 90% of 2019.

The significance of being able to trade indoors is highlighted when looking at the difference between last weeks sales and the week prior, when it was outside only. Sales were up 83% last week compared to the last week before operators could serve guest inside and 95% up when only looking at sites outside of London.

S4labour’s Chief Customer Officer, Sam Wignell added, “life is coming back to the sector and we are buoyed by the green shoots, but we are concerned for our customers who are so heavily impacted by the restrictions. It is critical we do not delay the freeing up of our pubs and night-time venues from social distancing measures that are preventing them from trading profitably”.

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.