Number of retail chains in the UK 2018, by sector

This statistic portrays the number of retail chains by sector in United Kingdom (UK) in the year 2018. Fashion and clothing was the leading sector, with 126 chains out of the total of 412, followed by consumer electronics, with 61 retail chains. Home ware was ranked third, standing at 44 chains, while the baby ware and optical sectors showed the smallest amount, with fourteen and eleven retail chains, respectively.

Number of retail chains* in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, by sector

Number of retail chains
Fashion & Clothing126
Consumer Electronics61
Home Ware44
Furniture & Decoration43
Footwear & Leather42
DIY & Gardening38
Personal Care33
Sport & Leisure29
Jewelry & Watches 26
Toys & Games24
Car Parts & Accessories23
Pet Care20
Books & Magazines17
Baby Ware14
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Release date

September 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* The source includes retailers (chains) when they have a minimum of five stores or a minimum turnover of 3 million euros.
The source also adds the following information:
'Please note that some retailers are active in several sectors in which case there is some duplication in the numbers. The same goes for retailers active in several countries.'

** Figures as of September 24th 2018.

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