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Health & Beauty sales continued to climb in October, up by 0.00% YoY in October, against a weak 0.00% decline a year earlier. Sales are marginally above pre-pandemic levels, rising 0.00% on October 2019.
ONS’s retail sales data suggests health-related sales picked up, with sales of pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic and toilet goods up 0.00% in October from a very healthy 0.00% base a year earlier.
But beauty sales picked up too, driven by preparations for the festive party season and early Christmas shopping, which boosted sales of beauty advent calendars.
Nearly half (0.00%) of consumers faced a degree of difficultly getting hold of the products they need due to supply issues in November – up from less than a third (0.00%) in September according to Retail Economics research.
New data by Kantar Public monitoring product availability across 270 UK stores suggests the availability of Health & Beauty products has been patchy of late.
Across five key items in the Health & Beauty category (paracetamol, ibuprofen, toilet roll, soap and toothpaste), 0.00% had low shelf availability in mid-November.
But the picture is mixed. In mid-November, 0.00% and 0.00% of paracetamol and ibuprofen had low or no availability. This compares with just 0.00% for toothpaste.
Retail Economics forecasts Health & Beauty sales to rebound over 2021, growing by 0.00% YoY to reach just under £0.00bn, returning close to 2019’s pre-pandemic levels.
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