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Top 10 stats and facts about the UK retail sector

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1 Total value of UK retail sales in 2023 £462 bn
2 People employed in UK retail in 2023 2.9M
3 Proportion of consumer spending that goes through retail 1/3
4 Proportion of retail sales made online in 2023 26.6%
5 Growth in UK retail sales in 2023 5.2%
6 Total number of VAT-registered retailers in the UK in 2023 216,995
7 Total number of retail outlets in the UK in 2023 306,340
8 Amount retail generates of total GDP (GVA) 6%
9 Online retail sales growth in 2023 5.1%
10 Average weekly earnings in the retail sector in 2023 7.4%
Source: Retail Economics, ONS

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