Joint Research Between S4labour and Tenzo identifies 98% rise in takeaway sales, but has little impact on overall decline of hospitality like for likes. 


Joint research from hospitality software providers S4labour and Tenzo the business intelligence specialists, reveals that despite a 98% year on year increase in takeaway sales during the first full week of trading since lockdown 2.0, eat in sales slumped 50% over the same period, resulting in a 46.7% overall decline in year on year sales, comparing last week with the same week in 2019.  The research by S4labour and Tenzo was done in conjunction with each other to highlight the plight of the industry and help forecast trends for 2021.

Taking a look at the whole Covid period between March the 20th to the 21st of December, the hospitality industry has suffered a sales decline of 56.5% on the same period in 2019, the majority of this driven by lockdowns and the Tier system. During the periods of the year with the least restrictions, between July and September, sales were down just 7.5% year on year.

Christian Mouysset, CEO at Tenzo, the business intelligence and forecasting platform for hospitality, commented that “Unfortunately, restaurateurs can no longer rely on eat-in sales. With changes to restrictions happening so often and at such short notice, the only way for restaurants to recoup revenue is to focus on diversifying their offering by focusing on the delivery and takeaway channels.’

Alastair Scott, MD of S4labour and Malvern Inns added “Covid-19 and the various restrictions on hospitality have been devastating. The innovation in take-away and the speed at which operators have adapted has been remarkable. While take-away will have helped some operators keep their heads above water, the model doesn’t work for many. News that London is going in to tier 3 this week will be devastating, for those who would not have been able to plan for such an abrupt end of trading. “

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