The retail industry is an essential part of the UK economy, accounting for nearly 5.1 percent of GDP. The public health response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a massive effect on the UK and global economies. The retail industry, in particular, has been affected by the imposition of lockdown restraints and social distancing, leading to improvements in the products and services offered.
First, whether or not social distancing measures are deemed necessary does have an effect on individual retail businesses. Essential businesses, on the other hand, often operate in challenging circumstances, such as labour shortages, major supply chain and working environment disruption, and massive spikes in demand for particular goods.
According to a survey by ecommerce agency Melody, that surveyed more than 2,000 UK adults three times in the last five months of 2020, the majority of UK consumers now claim their spending habits have changed for the better post-Covid. In April 2020, 60% of people believed their practices had improved for the better.
Moreover, as the pandemic continues to take a major toll on the country’s economy, In 2021, all of the main components of monthly GDP remained below pre-pandemic levels in January 2021. Meanwhile, a brief look on the UK Motor vehicle and motorcycle repair, as well as wholesale and retail trade wherein after growing by 2.2 % in December 2020, this sector plummeted by 9.0% in January 2021. As a result, production in January 2021 was 10.3% lower than it was in February 2020. The retail trade (except for motor vehicles and motorcycles) industry, which saw an 8.2% percent decline in production, was the biggest contributor to the drop in this sector’s output.