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 September 2019, the retail sales volume of articles in these two categories reached an index number of 128.4 as presented in the graph. This was lower than the volume recorded for the previous months of the year, but still higher than the figures recorded in 2016, 2017 and the first half of 2018.  

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 2018. That year, 10.94 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.

Monthly sales volume of cosmetic and toilet articles in Great Britain from January 2016 to September 2019, as an index number of sales per week

Index number of sales per week
Sep 19128.4
Aug 19142.4
Jul 19142
Jun 19145.8
May 19141.9
Apr 19137.5
Mar 19138.4
Feb 19145.1
Jan 19140.4
Dec 18128.3
Nov 18136.5
Oct 18137.4
Aug 18131.5
Jul 18128.5
Jun 18125.6
May 18124.7
Apr 18119.5
Mar 18119.4
Feb 18116.5
Jan 18113.1
Dec 17113.4
Nov 17113.6
Oct 17109.7
Sep 17111.6
Aug 17105.7
Jul 17 105.5
Jun 17 105
May 17 104.2
Apr 17 110.5
Mar 17 110.8
Feb 17 106.9
Jan 17 104
Dec 16101.3
Nov 16101.9
Oct 16103.4
Sep 16100.9
Aug 16107.1
July 16104.8
June 1697.4
May 1698.5
April 1698.1
Mar 1695.3
Feb 1695.9
Jan 1696.4
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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

January 2016 to September 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures are seasonally adjusted, chained volume of sales in predominantly non-food stores.
Index 2016 = 100.

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