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High Street sales continue to drop as eCommerce rises

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) retail sales figures for August reveal more bad news for the High Street. Despite the end of almost all Covid restrictions, overall sales actually fell in August, down -0.9% in volume against July, 2021.

In contrast, online sales rose once again, up 1.5% against the previous month. That’s unexpected news, says the home delivery expert ParcelHero.

ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks M.I.L.T., says: “The ending of restrictions such as social distancing and compulsory mask-wearing in stores this summer was supposed to bring life back to the High Street. Retailers hoping for a mini-boom will be gravely disappointed.

“The return of consumers to the High Street has definitely faltered. Department stores reported a fall of -3.7% in monthly sales volumes in August.

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