Annual sales value of all retailing in Great Britain from 2005 to 2018*
(in million GBP)
Retail sales value in Great Britain 2005-2018
The total value of retail sales, including fuel, reached a peak value of over 423 million British pounds in 2018. This marked an increase of about 18 million British pounds on the previous year. For the retail industry excluding fuel sales, this figure similarly indicated a record value in 2018 with a significant rise on the year prior.  

UK retail business as usual

  Generally, retail sales in the UK displayed steady growth with the exception of 2009, when annual sales experienced a noticeable drop. In the following years, retail trade in the UK was able to deliver high-flying numbers, and is forecast to grow even larger by 2020.   

Holiday spending: industry’s best friend

  When we look at the monthly breakdown of retail sales value, an unmistakably clear picture of rigorous holiday spending greets us. December is the month when retail has its best days. This was particularly true in December 2018, when the sales value of retail in Great Britain was recorded at over 50 billion British pounds.
Annual sales value of all retailing in Great Britain from 2005 to 2018*
(in million GBP)
Retail sales value in million GBP
2018423,669
2017405,780
2016387,696
2015374,817
2014378,053
2013360,107
2012351,049
2011343,159
2010326,242
2009317,658
2008321,178
2007303,621
2006292,110
2005281,450
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Source

Release date

May 2019

Region

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

2005 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Figures are value sales (amount spent), non-seasonally adjusted. Sales include automotive fuel. Figures have been rounded.

Retail sales value in Great Britain 2005-2018
The total value of retail sales, including fuel, reached a peak value of over 423 million British pounds in 2018. This marked an increase of about 18 million British pounds on the previous year. For the retail industry excluding fuel sales, this figure similarly indicated a record value in 2018 with a significant rise on the year prior.  

UK retail business as usual

  Generally, retail sales in the UK displayed steady growth with the exception of 2009, when annual sales experienced a noticeable drop. In the following years, retail trade in the UK was able to deliver high-flying numbers, and is forecast to grow even larger by 2020.   

Holiday spending: industry’s best friend

  When we look at the monthly breakdown of retail sales value, an unmistakably clear picture of rigorous holiday spending greets us. December is the month when retail has its best days. This was particularly true in December 2018, when the sales value of retail in Great Britain was recorded at over 50 billion British pounds.
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