Network Rail has released figures showing that Manchester Piccadilly was the best performing station for retail outside London for the past quarter, with sales growing by 10%.
Birmingham and Glasgow saw the next highest sales growth for the July to September period outside of London, at 8% and 6% respectively. The average growth for Network Rail’s stations for the period was 3.5%.
The total retail sales for Manchester Piccadilly during the period was £9.6m. Nationally, sales at Network Rail’s stations total £166m for July to September this year, up by £6m from the same period last year.
Coffee shops and ‘food on the go’ purchases showed the strongest growth, with Asian food outlets and grocery sales also performing strongly. At Manchester Piccadilly, coffee sales grew by an average of 9.8% over the period, and grocery sales increased by 8.5% on average.
In the past year, 40 million people have visited Manchester Piccadilly station.
Network Rail manages 18 stations in the UK, 10 of which are in London.
David Biggs, Network Rail’s managing director of property, said: “The trend in our results reflects the changes in how consumers are choosing to shop. Busy commuters and other people who use the station want to be able to shop at a time and place that works for them.”