Wet-led sales were up 16.5%, while dry-led sales were still up but by a smaller 4.5%.
Sites in London experienced high growth as sales improved by 30%; non-London based sites also saw a rise of 7% on May 2021 levels. London’s increase may be a result of restrictions in 2021 causing dampened sales, given there was limited outside space in London for hospitality sites.
It is important to note sales in May 2021 were during Covid-19. S4labour have ensured the data includes sites who could operate outdoors as well as indoors during May 2021.
Richard Hartley, Chief Innovation Officer at S4labour, said: “This last month has seen the struggles of staff shortages, inflation and energy costs continue to bring challenges for the sector. Although the increase for London is positive, the figures show just how much Covid-19 affected the Capital from a sales perspective.”