Cosmetic and toiletries: retail sales volume index monthly in Great Britain 2016-2019

Cosmetics and toiletries are bought in larger quantities each passing month in the UK. Most recently, in March 2019, the retail sales volume of articles in these two categories reached an index number of 132.7 as presented in the graph. This was slightly lower than the volume recorded for February and January, but still higher than the previous year’s figures.  

More cosmetics stores in the UK

  For retail stores focusing on the sales of cosmetics and toilet articles, turnover has seen a boost in recent years. This could be attributed to the increasing number of cosmetics stores available in the UK. Between 2016 and 2017 only, an additional 106 specialized stores opened in the UK in this category.   

View from Europe

  Cosmetics, personal care products and toilet articles sell well in the United Kingdom. In Europe, the UK was among the top three countries with the highest consumption value in 2017. That year, 11.12 billion euros worth of cosmetics and personal care products were consumed in the UK. The United Kingdom was surpassed by France by a very narrow margin. The lead in European cosmetics consumption was Germany’s.
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Monthly sales volume of cosmetic and toilet articles in Great Britain from January 2016 to March 2019, as an index number of sales per week
Index number of sales per week
Mar 19132.7
Feb 19139.2
Jan 19135.2
Dec 18120.9
Nov 18131.2
Oct 18131.6
Aug 18127.1
Jul 18124.8
Jun 18123.1
May 18121.9
Apr 18117.7
Mar 18119.6
Feb 18116.3
Jan 18113.1
Dec 17112.9
Nov 17113.3
Oct 17109.6
Sep 17111.3
Aug 17106.4
Jul 17 106.2
Jun 17 106.2
May 17 104.9
Apr 17 109
Mar 17 110.9
Feb 17 106.6
Jan 17 103.8
Dec 16101.3
Nov 16101.7
Oct 16103.2
Sep 16100.9
Aug 16107.4
July 16105.3
June 1698.3
May 1699
April 1698
Mar 1694.9
Feb 1695.5
Jan 1695.8
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