UK retailers and hospitality venues to enjoy a £1.2 billion boost in revenue due to Women’s EURO 2022 Tournament

  • Food and drink retailers are predicted to generate an influx of £761.2 million in sales during the Women’s EURO 2022 competition
  • 7.3 million fans will spend £260 million in hospitality venues across the competition
  • Pubs and restaurants are set to sell 20.8 million pints across the whole tournament

The UK retail and hospitality sector are predicted to receive a £1.2 billion boost during the Women’s UEFA 2022 European Championships (EURO 2022), according to new spending data.

The Women’s EURO 2022 Spending Report1 by VoucherCodes.co.uk, reveals 18.9 million consumers across the UK are set to tune into the competition from hospitality venues and homes.

Hosts England kick off the first match of the tournament on Wednesday 6th July, bringing 9.4 million shoppers to retail stores across the whole competition, with a £898.2 million predicted total retail spend. Food and drink purchases are expected to account for most of the retail spend (£761.2 million), as the impact of the cost-of-living crisis will mean many fans choose to watch from home in order to save money.

During the group stage alone (6th – 18th July), retail stores are set to make £595.4 million from football fans. Further sales can be expected as the tournament progresses, with large sums being spent across the quarter-finals (£183.4 million), semis (£104.1 million) and the big finale (£15.2 million).

Sportswear retailers are expected to see considerable cash boosts as Brits spend an estimated £70.3 million in preparation for the big games. The data also shows consumers will spend an additional £32.1 million on souvenirs and £34.6 million on TV electrical goods.

Total EURO 2022 predicted retail spend by tournament stage

Retail category Group stages (£m) Quarter-finals (£m) Semi-finals (£m) Finals (£m)
Food & drink 501.4 155.3 91.2 13.2
Sportswear 44.5 16.5 8.2 1.1
Souvenirs 21.3 6.9 3.3 0.6
TV Electricals 28.2 4.7 1.4 0.3
Total retail 595.4 183.4 104.1 15.2

However, despite the cost-of-living crisis continuing to impact spending, hospitality venues will certainly not be quiet. The tournament will bring 7.3 million consumers to their locals, while £259.8 million is forecast to be pumped into hotels, restaurants, and bars. Hospitality venues are set to make £198.7 million on drink sales alone, equivalent to 20.8 million pints as consumers watch their favourite teams.

The group stage of the tournament is set to see the highest levels of consumer spending in hospitality venues, with potential sales peaking at £153.6 million.

Total Predicted Hospitality Spend for the Women’s EURO 2022

Group stage Quarter finals Semi-finals Final Total
Food & drink spend at hospitality venues (£m) 153.6 50.8 47.6 7.8 259.8
Visitors to hospitality venues (m) 1.7 2.2 4.5 1.0 7.3
Pints sold (m) 2.9 4.3 11.2 2.4 20.8

Maureen McDonagh, Managing Director at VoucherCodes.co.uk commented: “Major sporting events are always a much-needed boost for retailers and hospitality venues as fans flock to restaurants and pubs to cheer on their teams. Women’s football continues to gain momentum in the UK and that’s reflected in the figures in our report. 

“The Women’s Euros tournament is now an important occasion in our calendars, meaning retailers, bars and pubs who embrace the event will all have the chance to make the most of this momentum. It’s clear from our report that food and drink retailers will benefit the most during the tournament as, thanks to the games being shown on the BBC, many will be able to watch easily from home. However, it’s encouraging for hospitality venues that, despite the cost-of-living crisis, many people will still be looking forward to cheering the Lionesses on from their local pub or bar.”

  • 1The Women’s EURO 2022 Spending Report was commissioned by VoucherCodes.co.uk and looked into the forecasted retail and hospitality spending during the UEFA Women’s EURO England 2022 tournament. 
  • Figures for latter stages of the tournament are subject to change based on England’s progress within the Women’s EURO
  • The predictions in this report are based on the expectation that Northern Ireland will exit the tournament after the group stages and England will reach the semi-finals.  
  • When discussing spend, this report refers to tournament-related spend.  
  • Where shopper numbers or participant figures at each stage do not match with the total, this is due to individuals watching several matches or making purchases in more than one category. 
  • The proportion of people watching has been calculated by taking the number of spectators for each nation and finding the percentage of the whole population, as stated by the ONS. 

 

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