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Top 10 stats and facts about the UK retail sector

Our top 10 facts and stats about the UK retail sector. As a subscriber you have access to an entire suite of retail insights and data through your subscriber dashboard and our Help Desk. Take our a free, 30 day trial now >

1 Total value of UK retail sales in 2020 £403 bn
2 People employed in UK retail in 2020 2.9M
3 Proportion of consumer spending that goes through retail 1/3
4 Proportion of retail sales made online in 2020 28%
5 Growth in UK retail sales in 2020 2.2%
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 2020 45%
10 Online sales have risen three fold in the last 10 years 324%
Source: ONS, Eurostat, Retail Economics

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