Staycationers help boost retail sales to record rise
Shoppers were back after months of lockdown restrictions (pic: Terry Murden)
Retail sales across the UK soared by record levels over the past three months in a sign of “shopping revenge” amid warmer weather and people staying at home instead of going on holiday.
The latest BRC-KPMG monitor showed a rebound in like-for-like for sales as consumers opened their wallets.
Total sales rose 10.4% between April and June compared with June 2019 with June sales rising by 13.1%.
However, despite the reopening of shops footfall fell by 27.6% in June and was up by just 0.1 percentage points on May as consumers preferred to shop from home.
Online non-food sales were up 40.3% over the three-month period and by 31.3% in June, against a growth of 1.5% in June 2019.
Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “With many people taking staycations, or cheaper UK-based holidays, many have found they have a little extra to spend at the shops, with strong growth in-store in June.”