UK Retail Stats & Facts

Here are our 10 key stats and facts about the UK retail sector. Subscribers have access to additional stats and facts through the Retail Economics Help Desk.

1 Total value of UK retail sales in 2016 £358 Billion
2 People employed in UK retail in 2015 2.8 million
3 Proportion of consumer spending that goes through retail 1/3
4 Proportion of retail sales made online 12%
5 Rise in UK retail sales in December 2016, year-on-year 3.4%
6 Total number of VAT-registered retailers in the UK 192,000
7 Total number of retail outlets in the UK 290,315
8 Amount retail generates of total GDP (GVA) 5%
9 Average annual growth of online retail sales 10%
10 Rise in Health and Beauty sales in December 2016, year-on-year - the fastest growing category 5.7%

Source: ONS, Eurostat, Retail Economics

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