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Retail sales value in Great Britain 2005-2020

The total value of retail sales, including fuel, reached a peak value of nearly 440 million British pounds in 2019. This marked an increase of about 17 million British pounds on the previous year. Most recently, in 2020 this value decreased by about three million British pounds, likely an impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on consuer spending patterns. For the retail industry excluding fuel sales, this figure similarly indicated a record value in 2019 with a significant rise on the year prior.  

UK retail business as usual

  Generally, retail sales in the UK displayed steady growth with the exception of 2009, when annual sales experienced a noticeable drop. In the following years, retail trade in the UK was able to deliver high-flying numbers, and is forecast to grow even larger by 2020.   

Holiday spending: industry’s best friend

  When we look at the monthly breakdown of retail sales value, an unmistakably clear picture of rigorous holiday spending greets us. December is the month when retail has its best days. This was particularly true in December 2019, when the sales value of retail in Great Britain was recorded at over 50 billion British pounds.

Annual sales value of all retailing in Great Britain from 2005 to 2020*

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Release date

January 2021


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

2005 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* Figures are value sales (amount spent), non-seasonally adjusted. Sales include automotive fuel. Figures have been rounded.

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