June’s like-for-like sales at Britain’s top managed restaurant, pub, and bar groups were 5% ahead of the pre-Covid levels of June 2019, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker reveals.
However, June’s figures are skewed by the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which provided two bank holidays against none in June 2019. The growth is also below inflation as measured by the consumer price index, which recently topped 9%.
Restaurants were the strongest performing of the Tracker’s three hospitality segments in June, with like-for-like growth of 8%. Pubs’ sales were up by 3% on three years ago, and bars’ sales rose by 5%.
Trading in London remains challenging, the Tracker shows. After a flat performance in May, like-for-like sales within the M25 were down by 1% in June, compared to 7% growth beyond the M25. It follows rail strikes over several days in June, which significantly reduced footfall from workers and visitors in London.
The Tracker also suggests that some consumers who have opted for deliveries since the start of the pandemic are now returning to eating out. Managed groups’ dine-in only sales were up by 2% on a like-for-like basis in June — the first time this year that they have been in line with total growth.