As The U.K. recorded it’s hottest May Bank holiday last weekend, hospitality experienced a significant 63% jump in like for like sales, comparing the Saturday to Monday with the same Bank holiday weekend in 2019.
The breakdown of the figures saw an increase in drink sales by 42.9 % and food sales skyrocketing 90.7%. S4labour’s Chief Innovation officer added that “while we believe this was attributed to a favourable weather spanning through the weekend, it demonstrates the potential appetite the U.K. has for hospitality and just what a great job our sector has done to be able to meet that demand with restrictions still in place”.
Since reopening indoors, hospitality like-for-like sales are up by 34% comparing figures from the two weeks since the 17th of May, when rules allowed for indoor service, with the same two weeks in 2019. The increase was mostly driven by food sales, that grew by 51% and drink sales advancing 20%.
S4labour’s, Richard Hartley’s added “With this level of demand, the sector will be watching governmentannouncements closely, praying that social distancing and other barriers to trade are removed once and for all on the 21st of June.