Leading 10 charity shops ranked by income in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017

Charity shops are a lively presence in UK high streets. In 2017, British Heart Foundation was ranked to be the leading charity shop with an income of 176.4 million British pounds generated in the UK, well ahead of Oxfam and Cancer Research UK. British Heart Foundation’s leadership was also reassured by the number of shops it operates, which is the highest among all charity shops in the country.

Increased spending in charity shops

Charity shops sell a mix of goods ranging from clothing to books and bric-a-brac for cheap prices, which go towards funds raised for purposes associated with the charity. Typically, these shops constitute the most common type of second-hand retail locations in the UK. In 2016, spending in charity shops reached its highest level since 2010.

More giving at charity shops

Besides their professional staff, charity shops depend heavily on volunteers and donations from local communities. Research conducted in 2017 showed that since 2013 the volume of donations to charity shops generally increased in the UK. Sadly, the same thing could not be said of the quality of donated goods, though. Charity shop managers stated that the quality of donations went down within the same timeframe.

Leading 10 charity shop retailers in the United Kingdom in the financial year 2016/17, based on income

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Release date

October 2017


United Kingdom

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Supplementary notes

* For most charities the 2016/17 financial year was the 12 months leading to March 2017.

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