Stores are struggling to find their way back in February

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Stores struggle to regain ground in February with clothing sales at HALF levels a year ago, while Covid’s lockdown wreaks even more damage

  • Retail figures show that volumes recovered some of the lost ground in February
  • Sales were up 2.1 percent after a dazzling 8.2 percent drop in January
  • Clothing sales are still half the pre-pandemic level in stores

Stores struggled to recover last month amid the brutal lockdown with clothing sales half the level of a year ago.

Grim data showed today that volumes were up just 2.1 percent in February, after falling 8.2 percent when the third national lockdown was imposed in January. They are still 3.7 percent lower than before the pandemic.

Food and household goods saw the greatest resurgence, while there was also evidence of consumers stocking up on outdoor supplies in anticipation of the easing of restrictions in the spring.

The share issued online hit another record, from 35.2 percent in January to 36.1 percent.

Grim data today showed that volumes were up just 2.1 percent in February, after falling 8.2 percent when the third national lockdown was imposed in January.

Grim data showed today that volumes were up just 2.1 percent in February, after falling 8.2 percent when the third national lockdown was imposed in January.

However, the outlook for apparel retailers remained bleak, with volumes still 50.4 percent lower than in February last year.

Deputy National Statistician for Economic Statistics Jonathan Athow said: “Despite national restrictions, the retail industry has partially recovered from the blow it took in January.

Food and department stores benefited from essential stores remaining open, while low-cost department stores posted higher sales.

Household goods also fared well, with feedback indicating that spending on home improvement and out-of-home products boosted sales as consumers prepared to relax lockdown restrictions.

However, clothing stores continue to struggle with sales down more than half from pre-pandemic levels.

“The share of online sales rose to a record high as a result of the impact the pandemic has had on consumer spending.”

The share issued online hit another record, from 35.2 percent in January to 36.1 percent

The share issued online hit another record, from 35.2 percent in January to 36.1 percent

The share issued online hit another record, from 35.2 percent in January to 36.1 percent

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