UK retail: facts and figures

Retail facts

Some quick facts, figures and information about the UK retail industry. For more information contact info@retailappointment.co.uk


PEOPLE

The retail sector is the UK’s largest private sector employer with 2.9 million employees

66% of all retail employees work for the largest 75 retail companies

Retail’s gender profile is 58:42 women and men

Almost a third of retail employees are under 25 years old

Half of retail employees work part-time

18% of all retail staff are managers or senior officials

By 2017 the UK will have 3.3 million retail employees

 

SHOPS & SALES

There are approximately 287,000 retail outlets in the UK

Out of all VAT-registered businesses in the UK 9% are retailers

Retail sales reached a total value of £321 billion last year

9% of all retail sales were internet-based

More than a third of consumer spending goes through shops

Crime cost the industry £500 million in 2012/13

 

TOP 10 RETAILERS

The top ten retailers by turnover are:

Tesco

Sainsbury's

Asda

Morrisons

Marks & Spencer

John Lewis Partnership

Co-operative Group

Alliance Boots

Home Retail Group

Kingfisher Group