Ecommerce in The United Kingdom

Information about ecommerce in the United KingdomThe United Kingdom is one of the leading countries in the western world. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and a founding member of NATO, the UK is an influential country with an important economy. It’s an active member of the European Union, but it chose to remain outside of the Economic and Monetary Union and therefore keep its pounds and pennies. In 2016, The Brits have voted for Brexit, which means the United Kingdom will withdraw from the European Union.

COUNTRY
THE UNITED KINGDOM
Population 63.7 million people
– % internet users 82%
Online sales €157 billion (2015)
Online stores worth mentioning: Tesco, Asos, Argos

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Ecommerce events in the United Kingdom

Every year there are several ecomerce events being organized in the United Kingdom. We have a handy ecommerce events calendar, where you can find all the major online retail events in Europe. But you can also check out only the ecommerce events in the United Kingdom.

Ecommerce customers in the United Kingdom

In the UK credit cards are the most popular payment method for purchased made online. Almost forty percent of all online transactions in the UK are paid by credit card. More than 3 in 10 online transactions take place thanks to debit cards. Another popular online payment method in the UK is PayPal, which together with credit and debit cards represent 96% of all online payments. More tips for ecommerce in the United Kingdom can be found at EcommerceWiki.

Online payment methods in the UK, according to Payvision
Online payment methods in the UK, according to Payvision.

Fashion and sporting goods are a very popular product category in the United Kingdom, followed by travel and household items. Other popular product categories are movies & music and books & magazines.

According to an article in the Daily Mail 82% of British internet users regularly shop online, which is the highest of the 28 EU member states. It’s estimated 70% of UK consumers now owns a smartphone. In the last quarter of 2013, one in three online sales in the UK took place via mobile devices.

The ecommerce market in the United Kingdom

According to data from the Centre for Retail Search, online sales in the United Kingdom accounted for 10.7% of total retail sales in 2014. It was worth 110.5 billion euros in 2013 according to IMRG/Capgemini. Newer data, from the Ecommerce Foundation, shows that ecommerce in the UK was worth 157 billion euros in 2015.

Ecommerce growth in the UK

Big online stores in the United Kingdom

The biggest players in the UK’s online retail market are Amazon (16 percent market share), followed by Tesco (9%) and eBay (8%). Other big online retailers are Asos, Argos, Play.com, Next and John Lewis.

Latest news about The United Kingdom

51% UK retailers: cross-border ecommerce more complex after Brexit

Over half of retailers in the United Kingdom think cross-border trading will become more complex when the country leaves the European Union. However, 44 percent of retailers who sell abroad will continue with their existing cross-border ecommerce operations, while 23 percent plans to invest more in growing their business outside Continue reading

German logistics company Rhenus expands to UK

The German-based logistics company Rhenus Group has expanded to the United Kingdom by acquiring Network 4 Home Delivery. Rhenus already has over 500 locations across the world, but the recent acquisition represents Rhenus entering the British market for the first time.

The Delivery Group sees revenue reach €235 million

The Delivery Group, a fast-growing UK postal and ecommerce operator, saw its revenue increase by 61 percent during last year. Its turnover is now worth 200 million pounds, or about 235 million euros. The significant jump in revenue is mostly due to the acquisition of P2P Mailing last year.

The top 500 ecommerce retailers in the UK

Internet Retailing published its latest UK Top500 list, which shows the top online retailers in the United Kingdom. Retailers such as AO, ARgos, Holland & Barrett, Topshop and Next are among the leading ecommerce players.

International shoppers are looking for UK online retailers

More and more consumers from outside the United Kingdom are using search engines to find online retailers who are based in the UK. In the final quarter of last year the number of people who did this has increased by 23 percent.

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Last update: February 2017