Internet food sales value trend annually in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019

In December 2019, annual internet food sales of stores which predominantly sold food in the UK shrank in value by 6.8 percent. This was the lowest growth rate in the sector for the period in consideration. When we take a closer look on online sales growth of food stores in 2019, 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. Due to the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, internet sales exploded compared to a April 2019.

Food store retail sales

Food stores sold about 158.4 billion British pounds worth of products in retail in 2019. This was a slight increase compared to the prior year. Overall sales of food stores grew slowly during the preceding years. In comparison, they were lowest in 2013.

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) each December from 2010 to 2019*

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Source

Release date

May 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

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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