// ScS order levels reach near-2019 levels since reopening
// Store sales dropped by over 90% during the coronavirus lockdown
ScS has experienced a high level of orders to almost the same level as they were prior to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The furniture retailer said that since May 24, orders had increased by 92.2 per cent compared with the previous year.
However, store sales plummeted by 92.5 per cent during the lockdown period as stores temporarily shut and consumers had to stay at home.
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The increase in order levels came as a result of “pent-up” demand, with both online and in-store revenue increasing since the reopening of its distribution network.
For the 52 weeks ended July 25, ScS has seen sales of £268 million, compared with £333 million in the previous year.
“Whilst it is too early to provide clarity on the outlook for the weeks and months ahead, the group is encouraged with its trading performance since reopening on May 23, 2020,” ScS said.
“ScS is a resilient business, with a strong balance sheet, coupled with a flexible cost base, and is well positioned to navigate these difficult circumstances and maximise opportunities as and when they arise.”
ScS said at the time of reopenings that it had been put it in a good position to survive the coronavirus pandemic.