Leading parcel courier services in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017

The Royal Mail is the leading parcel delivery provider in the United Kingdom. In 2017, the United Kingdom based company held a market share of 47 percent, far ahead of its nearest competitor. The Royal Mail was initially a postal service for members of the royal family, before becoming available to the public in 1635. Arguably the greatest change in the company’s structure followed in 2013, when it was privatized. The Royal Mail delivered approximately 1.2 billion parcels through its UK parcels, international and letters segment in 2018.

The Royal Mail at a glance

Between 2014 and 2018, the Royal Mail saw a considerable decline in operating profits. Following a peak of 1.6 billion British pounds in 2014, the company’s operating profit had decreased to a low of 66 million British pounds four years later.

Global players

On a global scale, the express and courier service sector was dominated by DHL. In 2017, the German company had a market share of 38 percent and was followed by FedEx Corp. at 24 percent.

Distribution of courier parcel market in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017, by company

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August 2017


United Kingdom

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