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Euro 2020 food and drink boom powers retail sales riseAnalysts warn ‘pingdemic’ could threaten turnaround in stores’ fortunes as economy reopens England fans preparing for the Euro 2020 final against Italy. Many retailers credited a 4.2% rise in food and drink sales in June to the Euros. Photograph: Anthony Stanley/Avalon
UK retail sales volumes increased 0.5% between May and June, as shoppers splashed out on more food to enjoy the Euro 2020 tournament. Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the Office for National Statistics, said June’s sales picked up again following the dip seen the prior month, “with the main driver coming from food and drink sales, boosted by football fans across Britain enjoying the Euros”. Oliver Vernon-Harcourt, head of retail at Deloitte, said “sales of snacks and alcohol were lifted significantly as a result of England’s successful run” in the tournament.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that retail sales volumes increased by 0.5% in June.