Because of the Corona crisis, restaurateurs have made significantly less money. The sales of bars and pubs fell the most. Restaurants were able to cushion the crash thanks to a measure.
The restrictions to contain the corona pandemic have hit the catering industry particularly hard. The turnover of the restaurants, cafes, caterers and bars from March to August was 40.5 percent below the same period last year, as the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden announced on Monday.
The number of employees in the industry therefore shrank by almost a fifth (17.6 percent). Short-time workers are still considered employees, as the statisticians emphasized. The sales of bars and pubs even fell by 45.5 percent in the Corona crisis, as the statistics office further announced. Here the number of employees even fell by almost 35 percent.
Corona crisis: out-of-home sales helped restaurants
Restaurants, pubs and snack bars were apparently able to compensate for part of the dwindling number of guests with delivery services and out-of-home sales: Here, sales from March to August 2020 were 29.3 percent below those of the same period of the previous year, with caterers it was minus 42.1 Percent.
According to statistics, the strongest slump was in April with 68.3 percent compared to the same month last year. Since then, business has continuously recovered: In August, the decline in sales in the industry was significantly lower by 22.3 percent compared to the previous year.
The catering industry with 186,000 businesses generated sales of 65.1 billion euros in 2018. Three quarters of them had fewer than ten employees. According to the Federal Statistical Office, a total of 1.8 million people were recently employed in the catering industry.