Retail gross sales continued to develop in July compared with the identical month final yr – though they’re nonetheless under pre-pandemic ranges.
Complete gross sales in July had been up 6.4% on a yr in the past, with on-line gross sales rising at a price of simply 0.6% in comparison with the 41% leap seen a yr in the past when coronavirus restrictions meant some bricks and mortar shops had been off-limits.
The figures are considerably skewed by the reopening of non-essential retailers in April – in comparison with April 2020, when most had been closed.
So non-food gross sales had been up 64.9% over the three months to July, in comparison with the identical interval a yr in the past within the early weeks of the primary nationwide lockdown.
However on a two-year foundation, which permits a comparability with pre-pandemic instances, retailer gross sales remained down by 3.6%.
The figures from The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG month-to-month gross sales monitor additionally discovered:
• Meals gross sales had been up 2.9% in contrast with a yr in the past however are slowing as folks head again to eating places and cafes
• Style retailer gross sales are again at pre-pandemic ranges
• Gross sales of apparatus for working from dwelling, furnishings, and family home equipment all fell
Helen Dickinson, chief govt of the BRC, mentioned: “July continued to see sturdy gross sales, though development has began to sluggish.
“The lifting of restrictions didn’t convey the anticipated in-store enhance, with the moist climate leaving customers reluctant to go to procuring locations.”
Knowledge from Barclaycard, in the meantime, confirmed a development in spending on leisure for the primary time because the pandemic started, as cinemas, theatres and sporting occasions have extensively reopened.
Card spending grew 11.6% in July in comparison with the identical interval in 2019, with the leisure trade seeing development of 8.1% and pubs, bars, and golf equipment growing gross sales by 30.5%.
Susan Barratt, chief govt of the Institute of Grocer Distribution, mentioned: “Buyers are more and more involved about meals and grocery value inflation, with 16% of consumers anticipating that costs will get way more costly within the yr forward, up from simply 8% of consumers in April.”
Paul Martin, UK head of retail at KPMG, mentioned he expects to see a slowdown in spending habits as financial challenges hit.
He mentioned: “Staffing pressures, will increase in commodity and element prices, rising inflation consuming into households’ spending energy and stalling client confidence might result in a slowdown in retail sector development as we head into autumn.”