Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, said:

"Many retailers are eagerly looking forward to reopening stores from 15th June in order to meet the needs of their customers. Lockdown has cost non-food stores £1.8bn a week in lost revenues and with sales expected to remain weak, even as shops begin to reopen, many retailers will still be in a fight for survival. Government must act to ensure that retail rents take account of the ongoing crisis in the industry. Swift action would protect jobs and businesses – helping retail to play its part in restarting the UK economy.”

Notes:

  • According to ONS, Retail sales for "Predominantly non-food stores" in April 2020 were down 54.8% on the previous year. This represents a fall of £1.76bn a week (from £3.22bn a week, to £1.46bn a week).