Internet food sales value trend annually in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2018

In 2018, annual internet food sales of stores which predominantly sold food in the UK climbed in value by 2.4 percent. This was the lowest growth rate in the sector since 2010. When we take a closer look on online sales growth of food stores, we can see that during the first half of 2019 the average weekly sales growth slowed down in the first quarter and that sales in the second quarter shrank.

Food store retail sales

Food stores sold about 156 billion British pounds worth of products in retail in 2018. This was a bit less than the prior year, but overall sales of food stores remained mostly stable during the preceding decade.

Who buys online groceries?

Women were more likely than men to buy groceries online. About 30 percent of female shoppers and a quarter of men had bought food or groceries online in 2019. Purchases of groceries only was most common in the 25 to 34 age group.

Percentage change in annual internet food sales value in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2018*

Percentage change y-o-y
2013 12.1%
2012 16.9%
2010 21.4%
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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Values are seasonally adjusted. Includes retail food sales at "predominantly food stores."
* December each year.

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