Internet retail sales value growth in the UK February 2020, by sector

Online retail sales in the United Kingdom have shown the biggest growth in textile, clothing and footwear stores. The most recent data published by the Office for National Statistics shows that as of February 2020, online sales in stores in this category grew by 14.9 percent, compared to the same month in the previous year. Another category where internet sales significantly improved was household goods stores, which recorded a 6.1 percent growth in that month.

Clothing and footwear sales online

In the last three years, sales made through the internet increased its proportion in total retail sales in textile clothing and footwear stores. In June 2019, 19.7 percent of all retailing in household goods stores were realized online. In January 2016, this share was at 13.2 percent. This upward trend is reflected in the entire retail sector as well, with online of all sales in 2018.

Internet food retail sales dip

Of all retail categories, food saw a negative change in internet sales during June 2019. While fluctuations were not unfamiliar in the monthly trend for internet food retail sales, 2019 has largely seen decreases, June greatest decline happened at 5.7 percent.

Growth in internet retail sales value in the United Kingdom (UK) in February 2020, by sector**

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

February 2020

Supplementary notes

* Excludes automotive fuel.
** Percentage change compared to the same month the previous year.
Values have been seasonally adjusted.

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