Reopening of stores in April boosts retail sales

Retail sales rose 9.2% in a month in the United Kingdom in April, thanks to the lifting of health restrictions and the reopening of non-essential stores, with a particularly strong uptick in clothing. The increase reached 42.4% compared to April 2020, the first month of strict control in the country at the onset of the coronovirus crisis. At this rate, sales volume is nearly 11% higher than its February 2020 level, before the epidemic hit its peak.

Increasing sales in non-food stores

Sales at non-food outlets, which many had to close their doors during the stricter containment that occurred in the country between late December and April 12, boosted growth, with 69% growth in the country in particular. Clothing, an area which was particularly afflicted by the epidemic and which is thus registering a fascinating effect. Conversely, when consumers opened the store again, online sales declined in all regions, reaching 30% of total retail sales. Fuel sales also saw a strong increase of 10.6% from April 12, with permission to roam around the country. Food stocks, which were able to remain open during the entire epidemic and benefited greatly from the health crisis, showed a small drop in their performance in April.

A strong recovery in perspective

Economists generally expect some of the cash accumulated by the British during the months of imprisonment, when all possibilities of shopping, travel, or recreation are greatly reduced, spent in the present and coming weeks and thus a stronger Promotes recovery. New restrictions were lifted on Monday, with the right to travel outside the country, to reopen pubs, restaurants, hotels, sports courses and more.

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