After 3 weeks of decline in July, the final week has led to sales being up by 1.7% in hospitality compared to July 2019, one of the first times since re-opening. This is mainly driven by food sales which were up 6.9% compared to July 2019, despite drink sales down at -2.5%. Figures expectantly show London down at 10% following recent trends and non-London areas up 4.6%
Last week’s hospitality sales were up 13.6% on the same week in 2019, being the first time a positive weekly like for like (on 2019) had been recorded since re-opening back in April.
S4labour’s Chief Innovation Officer, Richard Hartley commented, “It is brilliant to see a positive monthly like for like figure for the first time in a while, albeit driven by one positive week. With changes to the NHS App hopefully reducing the ‘Pingdemic’ and foreign travel to the U.K allowed for some vaccinated countries we are hopeful about the coming weeks”.