UK textile & footwear online sales grew
10.9% MoM in March 2021
Online spending in the UK increased by 0.6 percent MoM in
March 2021, with strong growth in textile, clothing, and
footwear stores of 10.9 percent. This was the largest monthly
growth in the sector since June 2020 with feedback from
retailers suggesting that the upcoming easing of coronavirus
restrictions had prompted consumers to update their wardrobes.
The proportion spent online decreased to 34.7 percent in
March 2021, down from 36.2 percent in February 2021 but still
above the 23.1 percent reported in March 2020, according to the
report released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The
value of online spending did increase in March, but spending
in-store increased at a faster rate.
Retail sales volumes continued to recover in March 2021, with
an increase of 5.4 percent when compared with the previous month
reflecting the effect of the easing of restrictions on consumer
spending. Sales were 1.6 percent higher than February 2020
before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the report said.
Despite strong March figures, retail sales in the UK for the
first quarter have been subdued overall. In the three months to
March 2021, retail sales volume fell by 5.8 percent when
compared with the previous three months, with strong declines in
both clothing stores and other non-food stores as a result of
the tighter lockdown restrictions in place.
Total retail sales levels for both the amount spent and
quantity bought were lower than pre-pandemic levels in both
January and February 2021. However, March marked a return to
sales levels higher than those witnessed in February 2020,
before the pandemic began, despite continued restrictions to
non-essential retail, as per ONS.