Consumer expenditure on clothing in the United Kingdom (UK) 2005-2018

This statistic shows total consumer spending on clothing in the UK from 2005 to 2018. In 2018, consumer spending amounted to 60.4 billion British pounds, higher than at any other stage during the reported period. Spending has generally increased each year, with the exception of 2008-2009. Coming around the time of the global financial crisis, spending dropped slightly from 42.1 billion British pounds in 2008, to 41.7 billion British pounds in 2009.
Clothing is one of the main areas in which consumers spend money. In 2016, consumers in the United Kingdom spend 68.1 billion on clothing and footwear, compared with total domestic expenditure of 1.18 trillion British pounds. Food and non-alcoholic drinks accounted for 96.06 billion British pounds in 2016, while spending on alcoholic beverages amounted to 19.3 billion British pounds in 2016.

In addition to money spent on the purchase of clothing, residents of the United Kingdom spent 810 million British pounds on the cleaning and hire of clothing.

Consumer spending on clothing in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2005 to 2018 (in million GBP)*

Expenditure in million GBP
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Release date

March 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2005 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Household final consumption expenditure. Figures based on current prices and are seasonally adjusted.
Clothing includes clothing materials, garments, other articles of clothing, clothing accessories and cleaning and hire of clothing.

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