Retail sales across the UK saw a marginal increase of 0.5 per cent in June 2021 – buoyed by the huge craze for Euro 2020. However, the same cannot be said about other segments, including apparels.
This was confirmed by Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The sales slumped by 1.7 per cent at non-food stores last month, which is the first drop since January this year.
Apparel sales fell by 4.7 per cent during the month, while for department stores the sales declined by 3.6 per cent.
The ONS report also highlighted that the share of retail sales made online also fell from 28.4 per cent in May 2021 to 26.7 per cent in June 2021. The silver lining is that despite this fall, it is still much above the pre-pandemic period.
While there was a strong demand from football fans for food and drinks all through the month, the clothing segment dipped below pre-pandemic level.
As country is slowly returning to normalcy, people are spending more time outside and there’s no rush to buy household items or clothes amongst consumers, which was distinctly evident in last month’s retail numbers.
It will be interesting to see if there’s any change in July and August numbers.