November’s like-for-like hospitality sales dropped by 4% across the sector compared with 2019 levels, however food like-for-likes were positive.

Food sales were up 2% on November 2019, yet drink sales declined by 10.5%.

Both London and non-London sites also saw their like-for-likes decline last month. London was hit the hardest with a 9.5% reduction in sales, whereas non-London sites saw like-for-likes drop by a smaller 3%.

The Chief Product Officer of S4labour, Richard Hartley, commented: “The slight 4% decline in like-for-likes for the sector is not too concerning, especially given October’s strong 13.5% increase in like-for-likes. December looks to be a pivotal month, as the sector looks to sustain sales amidst the concern in recent booking cancellations.”

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