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Average value of weekly online food sales in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010 to 2019

In the second quarter of 2018, the weekly value of online sales from specialized food stores peaked at 179 million British pounds in the United Kingdom. Between the first quarter 2010 and the second quarter 2018, the value of specialized foods stores online sales has grown uninterrupted. However, since the second quarter 2018, sales have stagnated into 2019.
Monthly sales growth shows that in March 2019, there was a negative percentage change in the value of all online food sales. In June 2019, online food sales dropped by minus 5.7 percent compared to June 2018.

Online grocery shoppers

Women were more likely than men to purchase groceries online in 2018. A quarter of all male consumers ordered food online that year, while this was six percent higher for female consumers. Almost half of consumers aged 35 to 44 years bought their groceries online, with both younger and older consumers less likely to do so. About 80 percent of consumers used an internet website to order their food as opposed to an app in 2017. In total, 28 percent of all consumers ordered food or groceries online in 2018.

Europe in the global online grocery market

In 2017/2018, a share of 7.2 percent of all global online grocery sales were made in the UK. The next biggest share of a European Union member country was held by France. The German market was in ninth place and only amounted to 1.7 percent of global grocery sales.

Average value of weekly online sales in predominantly food stores in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1st quarter 2010 to 2nd quarter 2019*

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Release date

August 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

1st quarter 2010 to 2nd quarter 2019

Supplementary notes

* Seasonally adjusted, quarterly averages calculated.

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