Average spending on back-to-school items in the United Kingdom (UK) 2016-2018

This statistic shows the average intended spending on back-to-school items by parents in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, UK parents will spend an average of 189.29 British pounds on items for their children returning to school, approximately fifteen pounds more than in 2017.

Average intended spending on back-to-school items by parents in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2016 to 2018*

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Release date

August 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2016 to 2018**

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

UK parents of children aged between 4 and 16 who will attend school in September.

Supplementary notes

* Figures refer to total spending across eleven different product categories: school uniform (clothes), school shoes, jackets and coats, sports shoes (e.g. plimsolls), sports kit, sports equipment, school bags, stationery, books, lunch boxes and technology.
** Date of survey and number of respondents is dependent on the year in question:
2016 poll included 1,736 parents, conducted between 27 July and 9 August 2016.
2017 poll included 2,000 parents, conducted between 24 July and 1 August 2017.
2018 poll included 2,000 parents, date of survey not specified.

Data for 2016 is taken from a previous press release by the source.

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