Weekly retail sales in food stores in Great Britain (UK) 2014-2019

In December 2019, an average of 3.5 billion British pounds (GBP) worth of goods were purchased in food stores across Great Britain per week. Since January 2014, average weekly sales have shifted upward. In 2014 and 2015 only average sales in December came to over three billion British pounds. 2016 and 2017 saw two months over this threshold, while 2018 saw five months go over the three billion GBP threshold. 2019 has seen seven months over cracking three billion. For data concerning the percentage change in the value of sales in food stores, please see the following.

A shopping rhythm

The overall structure of yearly spending remained the same during the period in consideration. January, coinciding with the Veganuary campaign which encourages people to eat vegan as an alternative dietary choice in January, sees a sharp drop after a peak spending during the month of December. After January a few months see an increase leading to an early summer high. After a drop in early autumn November sees the prelude to increased Christmas spending.

Grocery market in the United Kingdom

The overall value of the UK grocery retail market is estimated to amount to 190.3 billion British pounds in 2018. Of this About 156.2 billion sales were made in predominantly food stores in 2018. Supermarkets had the highest share of grocery sales in the UK.

Average weekly sales in predominantly food stores in the Great Britain (UK) from January 2014 to December 2019

Average weekly sales in thousand GBP
Dec 193,510,933
Nov 193,106,677
Oct 193,032,928
Sep 192,977,839
Aug 193,002,073
Jul 193,093,217
Jun 193,033,927
May 19 3,064,763
Apr 19 3,063,923
Mar 19 2,958,727
Feb 19 2,876,425
Jan 19 2,767,463
Dec 18 3,490,899
Nov 18 3,089,365
Oct 18 2,976,073
Sep 18 2,913,251
Aug 18 2,973,269
Jul 18 3,081,092
Jun 18 3,034,034
May 18 3,058,744
Apr 18 2,867,241
Mar 18 2,972,244
Feb 18 2,837,594
Jan 18 2,687,620
Dec 173,468,114
Nov 173,046,422
Oct 172,933,240
Sep 17 2,869,019
Aug 17 2,897,888
Jul 17 2,967,183
Jun 17 2,933,193
May 17 2,979,573
Apr 172,992,139
Mar 172,884,667
Feb 172,839,560
Jan 172,714,119
Dec 163,452,380
Nov 163,084,837
Oct 162,970,653
Sep 162,905,910
Aug 162,923,316
Jul 162,975,787
Jun 162,954,376
May 162,977,932
Apr 162,869,082
Mar 162,908,144
Feb 162,812,012
Jan 162,721,745
Dec 153,337,700
Nov 152,995,825
Oct 152,828,201
Sep 152,828,450
Aug 152,764,163
Jul 152,854,863
Jun 152,870,693
May 152,872,700
Apr 152,745,716
Mar 152,852,736
Feb 152,713,216
Jan 152,647,177
Dec 143,233,964
Nov 142,962,775
Oct 142,790,644
Sep 142,729,922
Aug 142,742,303
Jul 142,821,547
Jun 142,826,072
May 142,807,974
Apr 142,849,448
Mar 142,694,780
Feb 142,678,516
Jan 142,591,886
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Release date

January 2020


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

January 2014 to December 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures based on sales volume, non-seasonally adjusted.
The source notes:
"Non-seasonally adjusted: Non-seasonally adjusted estimates refer to raw data where the effects of regular or seasonal patterns have not been removed.
Volume (quantity bought): The volume estimates are calculated by taking the value estimates and adjusting to remove the impact of price changes."

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