About Retail Economics

Retail Economics is an independent economics research consultancy focused on the UK consumer and retail industry. Our subscription service provides unbiased research and analysis on the key economic and social drivers behind the UK retail sector, helping to inform critical business decisions and giving you a competitive edge through deeper insights.

Retail Economics is built on three core pillars:


• Helping you understand the key economic drivers behind the UK retail and consumer sectors
• Giving you a competitive edge through deeper insights of the retail industry by category, channel and region


• Providing proprietary data on market sizes, market shares and forecasts enabling you to deepen your understanding of the industry and the future outlook
• Saving you valuable time by accessing all the need-to-know retail data in one place with quick and easy downloadable time series data

Tailored Reporting

• Providing you with data visualisation tools to compare and benchmark key metrics vital for your business
• Offering you bespoke and tailored reporting to transform information into actionable insight

Retail Economics can become your "insight team", help identify and strengthen investment cases and save you time and money.

Our subscribers

Retail Economics subscribers cover a diverse spectrum of industries who work within the UK retail space including:

• High street retailers
• Online retailers
• Manufacturers (Food and Non-Food)
• Financial institutions
• Accountants
• Legal firms
• Property
• Information Technology
• Supply Chain/Logistics
• Packaging companies
• Government departments
• Global and independent consultancies

Stephen Robertson


In addition to his role of Chairman at Retail Economics, Stephen is also non-executive director of Timpson Group (privately held services retailer), Hargreaves Lansdown plc (FTSE 100 consumer financial services) and Clipper Retail Logistics plc. Stephen is Visiting Professor to Bristol Business School, University West of England. He spent seven years as Marketing Director at B&Q before leading the acquisition of Screwfix Direct which he then chaired through a period of strong growth.

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Richard Lim


Richard is CEO of Retail Economics. He previously headed up the Insight and Analytics team at the British Retail Consortium and before that worked in mergers and acquisitions for Citi. Richard has a wealth of experience in retail, economics and consumer research.

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