Second hand goods: monthly retail sales value index in Great Britain 2016-2019

Growing concerns over sustainability in retail revitalized the consumption of second-hand goods. In the United Kingdom, the interest in the second-hand goods were reassuring in the past three years. The general monthly trend during this period was a steady increase in the sales value with certain months outperforming others. In the first five months of 2019, February and March were the periods when the amount spent on second-hand goods was higher.  

Second-hand goods shops in the UK

  The UK is host to a high number of second-hand retail stores. Charity shops are the most common types that sell second-hand goods, be it clothing items, books, or household things. With each year, UK consumers spend more and more in charity shops and the annual sales revenue generated from these establishments is increasing at a fast rate.   

UK’s most popular charity shop

  The UK’s most popular charity shop belongs to British Heart Foundation. The organisation runs 724 shops across the United Kingdom. Likewise, the revenue the British Heart Foundation generates from the sales of mostly second-hand goods in its shops placed the charity at the top position within the UK. The British Heart Foundation was founded 1961 with the ethos of funding research on heart diseases and related conditions.

Sales value of second-hand goods in Great Britain from January 2016 to May 2019, based on index number of sales per week*

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Release date

June 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

January 2016 to May 2019

Supplementary notes

* Value of sales at current prices, seasonally adjusted. Figures are for sales made in specialized, non-food stores.
Index level 2016 = 100.

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