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UK Health & Beauty Sector Report | Insight & Data

December 2021

What's included in this report?

  • Market Share - top 10 Health & Beauty retailers
  • Market Size estimates (£m)
  • Health & Beauty Sales Growth by category
  • Total Spending by category (£m)
  • Online Health & Beauty Sales (y-o-y)
  • Forecasts for 2021 - 2025
  • Footfall by channel and region
  • Regional Weather data and more…

UK Health & Beauty Sector Report : December 2021

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Report Summary

Period covered: 3 October – 30 October 2021

Note: This report summary is one or two months behind the current month as standard reporting practice. The content is indicative only and incomplete with certain data undisclosed. Become a member to access this data or take out a free 30 day membership trial now.

Health & Beauty sales continued to climb in October, up by 0.00% YoY in October, against a weak 0.00% decline a year earlier. Sales are marginally above pre-pandemic levels, rising 0.00% on October 2019.

ONS’s retail sales data suggests health-related sales picked up, with sales of pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic and toilet goods up 0.00% in October from a very healthy 0.00% base a year earlier.

But beauty sales picked up too, driven by preparations for the festive party season and early Christmas shopping, which boosted sales of beauty advent calendars.

Nearly half (0.00%) of consumers faced a degree of difficultly getting hold of the products they need due to supply issues in November – up from less than a third (0.00%) in September according to Retail Economics research.

New data by Kantar Public monitoring product availability across 270 UK stores suggests the availability of Health & Beauty products has been patchy of late.

Across five key items in the Health & Beauty category (paracetamol, ibuprofen, toilet roll, soap and toothpaste), 0.00% had low shelf availability in mid-November.

But the picture is mixed. In mid-November, 0.00% and 0.00% of paracetamol and ibuprofen had low or no availability. This compares with just 0.00% for toothpaste.

Retail Economics forecasts Health & Beauty sales to rebound over 2021, growing by 0.00% YoY to reach just under £0.00bn, returning close to 2019’s pre-pandemic levels.

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Product availability mixed

Source: Source: Kantar Public, Retail Economics analysis

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Report Contents

UK Health & Beauty Sector Report Report
  • Executive Summary
  • Sector analysis
  • Health and Beauty – Retail Economics Index
  • Macro Factors
  • Household Spending
  • Consumers
  • Footfall
  • Labour market
  • Earnings
  • Costs, Prices and Margins
  • Weather Watch
  • Average Temperature
  • Average sunshine hours
  • Average Rainfall

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