Retail sales value monthly in Great Britain 2015-2019

In the United Kingdom, retail sales tend to peak during the last month of the year, holiday shopping being the likeliest culprit. In December 2018, the sales value of retailing in the UK amounted to 51 billion British pounds, the highest in the last three-year period. 2018 was also the year in which UK retailing, including automotive fuel, delivered its shiniest results. In that year, an additional 18 billion British pounds were spent in the retail industry compared to 2017.

Retail turnover on the climb

Running parallel to this, the turnover of retail trade in the UK made significant strides. Over the past 10 years, UK retail businesses consistently generated improved turnover figures, with 2017 marking a big boost on the previous year.

Online is driving retail

With the increased penetration of online shopping in consumer lives, business strategies of retailers are changing. While online marketplaces are becoming regular staples of everyday life, high street retailers too are setting up online businesses to support their store sales. In the UK, the share of online sales in all retailing increased to its highest level as of January 2019. A regular force on the scene for some years already, online is now driving growth in the UK retail sector.

Total monthly sales value of all retailing including automotive fuel in Great Britain from January 2015 to September 2019

Retail sales value in billion GBP
Sep 1941.02
Aug 1939.94
Jul 1934.02
Jun 1941.56
May 1933.05
Apr 1932.87
Mar 1939.84
Feb 1930.52
Jan 1929.47
Dec 1851.03
Nov 1837.31
Oct 1832.96
Sep 1839.64
Aug 1831.89
Jul 18 32.64
Jun 18 39.91
May 18 32.26
Apr 18 30.64
Mar 18 37.75
Feb 18 29.25
Jan 1828.42
Dec 1749.72
Nov 1735.63
Oct 1731.76
Sep 1737.81
Aug 1730.19
Jul 1730.73
Jun 1737.87
May 1730.3
Apr 1730.44
Mar 1735.99
Feb 1728.07
Jan 1727.25
Dec 1647.54
Nov 1634.09
Oct 1630.8
Sep 1636.12
Aug 1628.66
Jul 1629.64
Jun 1635.95
May 1629.09
Apr 1628.14
Mar 1634.46
Feb 1626.62
Jan 1626.59
Dec 1544.38
Nov 1532.14
Oct 1528.9
Sep 1535.05
Aug 1527.46
Jul 1528.59
Jun 1535.7
May 15 28.27
Apr 15 27.64
Mar 1534.44
Feb 15 26.23
Jan 1526.02
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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

January 2015 to September 2019

Supplementary notes

Value sales (amount spent), non-seasonally adjusted. Includes automotive fuel.
Figures have been rounded.

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