Back-to-school retail spending in the United Kingdom (UK) 2016-2018

This statistic presents the annual retail spending on back-to-school items in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, UK parents are estimated to spend a total of 1.48 billion British pounds on back-to-school items for their children, representing an increase of approximately 15 million pounds on the previous year.
The most costly back-to-school item is school uniform, with parents in the UK spending an average of 36.70 pounds. In comparison, sport kit costs approximately 18.65 pounds.

Estimated retail spending on back-to-school items in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2016 to 2018*

Spending in billion GBP
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Release date

August 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Estimates based on surveys of UK parents of children aged between four and sixteen who will attend school in September.
2016 poll included 1,736 parents, conducted between 27 July and 9 August 2016.
2017 poll included 2,000 parents, conducted between 24 July and 1 August 2017.
2018 poll included 2,000 parents, date of survey not specified.

Data for years 2016 and 2017 was taken from previous press releases by the source.

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