BRC says retail recovery remains at risk and urges government not to close stores
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has said that retail recovery remains fragile due to COVID-19 restrictions, but is urging the UK Government not to close stores during the important run-up to Christmas.
The call not to close shops in the UK follows recent ONS Retail Sales Index figures, which showed a 5.8 percent increase in overall sales.
However, the BRC notes that retailers up and down the country have had to spend hundreds of millions to ensure their stores are COVID-secure and to keep their staff and customers safe.
Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, commented: “The retail recovery remains fragile as the industry enters the all-important Christmas period, with November and December typically accounting for over a fifth of annual sales.
“While food and online retail continued to show strong growth, high street shopping has struggled in recent months, with footfall still down by over a third. Tighter Government restrictions have taken their toll on fashion and beauty sales, while home office and computing equipment has benefitted.
“Retailers have spent hundreds of millions to make stores Covid-secure and keep staff and customers safe. Furthermore, they are encouraging the public to shop early for Christmas and prevent the last minute rush, so that everyone – from shoppers to warehouse workers – have the space they need to stay safe and well.
“Retail has proven itself to be a responsible industry during this pandemic, and Government should not risk the retail recovery by closing stores during the all-important run up to Christmas.”
Earlier this year, the BRC shared five steps to help retailers encourage safe and considerate shopping.
The advice is intended to help create a safe retail environment for both retail staff and shoppers, with the five steps being: queue considerately; maintain social distancing; follow instructions inside and outside shops; follow all necessary hygiene measures; and be respectful to shop staff.https://thiis.co.uk/brc-says-retail-recovery-remains-at-risk-and-urges-government-not-to-close-stores/https://i0.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/high-street-reopen-15th.jpg?fit=900%2C602&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/high-street-reopen-15th.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1NewsroomRetailer NewsTrade NewsBRC,british retail consortium,mobility sector,ONS Retail Sales Index,retail statistics,retailer newsThe British Retail Consortium (BRC) has said that retail recovery remains fragile due to COVID-19 restrictions, but is urging the UK Government not to close stores during the important run-up to Christmas.The call not to close shops in the UK follows recent ONS Retail Sales Index figures, which showed...Sarah SarsbySarah Sarsbysarah@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine