Looking back to look ahead: Retail and ecommerce in 2022

20 February 2023

Although pandemic restrictions are now a distant memory, the aftereffects linger in the retail sector despite the recovery of in-person retail since H2 2021.

Between pre-pandemic 2019 and post-pandemic 2022, volumes are down for fuel and stores selling food, clothing and household goods, exacerbated by inflation, which is also reducing real disposable incomes.

Online sales settled to 26.5% of retail sales in 2022 (excluding fuels), up from 19.2% in 2019. Online volumes remain well above 2019 levels, and long-term prospects are bright with higher road fuel costs and hybrid work-from-home.

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