Coronavirus: impact on the retail industry in the UK

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Statista dossier on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the retail industry in the United Kingdom (UK)

This dossier presents an array of statistics and facts about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the retail sector in the United Kingdom (UK). On March 23, 2020, the UK government introduced national lockdown measures, shutting down all but "essential businesses" in an attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. This in turn had led to an unprecedented change across the retail industry and consumer behavior. The present dossier outlines the current state of the retail industry in the UK, starting with future implications for the many subsectors within the industry. The following chapters will then focus on retail sales, footfall, e-commerce and online sales, and the changes in the ways consumers purchase goods during the outbreak.

For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Fact and Figures page.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Coronavirus in Europe: impact of lost sales for retailers March-April 2020

    • Growth forecasts for retail sales pre and post-Coronavirus in the UK 2020, by sector

    • Post-coronavirus growth forecast in the retail sector in the UK 2020, by category

    • Retail job losses and store closures in the UK March 2020

    • Growth in consumer spending in the UK March 2020, by category

    • Monthly growth in consumer spending in the UK 2015-2020

  • 2. Retail sales
    • Monthly retail sales value growth in Great Britain 2016-2020

    • Retail sales y-o-y growth during the coronavirus outbreak UK 2020, by retail sector

    • Retail sales growth m-o-m during the Coronavirus outbreak UK 2020, by sector

    • Retail sector: like-for-like sales growth in the UK May 2020, by category

    • Retail sales: year-on-year change in the United Kingdom (UK) May 2020, by category

    • Shop Prices Index: monthly change in the UK May 2020, by category

    • UK: increases in edible grocery purchases due to COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, by type

    • UK: COVID-19 impact on grocery sales by store in the 12 weeks ending 22nd March 2020

    • Coronavirus stockpiling: y-o-y growth of consumer goods weekly in the UK 2020

    • Covid-19: retailer perceptions on the impact of coronavirus on sales in the UK 2020

  • 3. Retail footfall
    • Coronavirus impact: y-o-y change in retail footfall in the UK March 2020, by region

    • Grocery and pharmacy mobility trend during COVID-19 in the UK 2020

    • Retail and recreation mobility trend during COVID-19 in the UK 2020

  • 4. Online retail and e-commerce
    • Internet retail sales value trend monthly in the United Kingdom (UK) 2013-2020

    • Internet retail: monthly sales value in the United Kingdom (UK) 2016-2020

    • Online share of retail sales in the United Kingdom (UK) March 2020, by sector

    • Online retail: weekly order trends during the Coronavirus pandemic in Europe 2020

    • E-commerce: weekly growth trend in revenue in the UK January to June 2020

    • Sports and hobbies: weekly online revenue trend during Covid-19 in the UK 2020

    • Fashion and accessories: weekly online revenue trend during COVID-19 in the UK 2020

    • Home and leisure: weekly online revenue trend during Covid-19 in the UK 2020

    • Fashion and accessories: weekly online order trend during Covid-19 in the UK 2020

    • Sport and hobbies: weekly online order trend during Covid-19 in the UK 2020

    • Online home retail: weekly trend during the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK 2020

  • 5. Consumer behaviour
    • Impact of coronavirus on shopping in person at physical stores in the UK 2020

    • Impact of coronavirus on online shopping experience in the UK May 2020

    • Shopping pattern changes during the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK 2020, by age

    • Consumer opinions on stockpiling during the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK 2020

    • Coronavirus impact on online orders due to overwhelmed services in the UK 2020

    • Coronavirus crisis: consumers concerned about getting essential supplies Europe 2020

    • Services consumers consider essential during the COVID-19 crisis in the UK 2020

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