UK Retail Stats and Facts

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

£339 billion
Total value of UK retail sales in 2015
 
192,000
Total number of VAT-registered retailers in the UK
2.8 million
People employed in UK retail in 2015
 
290,315
Total number of retail outlets in the UK
1/3
Proportion of consumer spending that goes through retail
 
5%
Amount retail generates of total GDP (GVA)
12%
Proportion of retail sales made online
 
10%
Average annual growth of online retail sales

Source: ONS, Eurostat, Retail Economics analysis