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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 2019 £394 Billion
2 People employed in UK retail in 2019 2.9 million
3 Proportion of consumer spending that goes through retail 1/3
4 Proportion of retail sales made online in 2019 19%
5 Growth in UK retail sales in 2019 3.4%
6 Total number of VAT-registered retailers in the UK in 2019 208,760
7 Total number of retail outlets in the UK in 2019 306,655
8 Amount retail generates of total GDP (GVA) 5%
9 Average annual growth of online retail sales in 2019 10%
10 Online sales have risen three fold in the last 10 years 324%

Source: ONS, Eurostat, Retail Economics

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