Underwear market revenue in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2021

The underwear market in the UK is worth about 15 million U.S. dollars, forecast to go over 16 million by 2021. The main driver in the market has been revenue generated through sales of T-shirts and singlets, while women’s and girl’s nightwear is worth a staggering 6.1 billion U.S. dollars. In comparison, the men’s and boy’s segment has a humble share of 1.7 billion U.S. dollars in the total revenue of underwear market in the UK.  

Manufacture and trade of underwear

  The United Kingdom is a manufacturer of underwear, although sales figures from undergarments are ailing. Since 2008, more than half of sales from the manufacture of underwear in the UK collapsed. As far as the trade of underwear is concerned, the majority of imports of underwear comes from overseas markets. In 2018, the value of underwear for men and boys imported from non-EU markets, for instance, was three times more than those dispatched from the EU.  

Women’s underwear

  The same goes for women’s underwear. Overall, the import value of women’s undergarments for various categories was considerably greater than that for men. All categories of women’s intimate apparel included, the UK imported over 750 million British pounds worth of underwear, with bras being the highest valued item of all.

Revenue of the underwear market segment in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2021

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Release date

April 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Market Definition:
The market for Underwear encompasses articles of clothing that are worn beneath the outerwear. This market is divided into women’s underwear (including corsetry) and men’s underwear as well as T-shirts and singlets".

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