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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 voted for Brexit, which means the United Kingdom will withdraw from the European Union.


COUNTRY
THE UNITED KINGDOM
Population 66.8 million people
– % internet users 96%
Online sales €200 billion (2019)
Online stores worth mentioning: Tesco, Asos, Argos

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Ecommerce events in the United Kingdom

Every year there are several ecommerce 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

A study from the Ecommerce Foundation in 2019 shows that PayPal is, by far, the most popular payment method in the United Kingdom. Over 40 percent of buyers have used PayPal at least once in 2018. Credit cards (23.7 percent) are also popular, followed by prepaid cards (17.2 percent).

Most popular online payment methods in the UK.
Most popular online payment methods in the UK.

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.

The ecommerce market in the United Kingdom

A report from the Ecommerce Foundation shows that 7.94 percent of the country’s gross domestic product is made up by ecommerce sales. An older study showed that ecommerce accounted for 10.7 percent of total retail sales in 2014. Ecommerce in the UK is expected to be worth slightly over 200 billion euros at the end of 2019.

Ecommerce in the United Kingdom (2015-2019)
Ecommerce in the United Kingdom (2015-2019)

Big online stores in the United Kingdom

The biggest players in the UK’s online retail market are Amazon, Tesco and eBay. Other big online retailers are Asos, Argos, Play.com, Next and John Lewis.

Latest news about The United Kingdom

UK’s top 500 ecommerce revealed

Which online and multichannel retailers are leading the way in the United Kingdom? Every year, Internet Retailing publishes the UK Top500, which features the best-performing online shops in the UK.

Abel & Cole delivers groceries in returnable, refillable packaging

Abel & Cole, an organic food delivery service from the United Kingdom, has introduced Club Zero. This is a new service, claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK, which delivers groceries to consumers in returnable, refillable packaging. No more single-use packaging.

Ecommerce in UK grew 6.7% in 2019

Ecommerce in the United Kingdom grew 6.7 percent last year. This is an all-time low. The discouraging growth rate is especially significant when you compare it to the 11.8 percent growth rate in 2018.

Asos trials AR tool See My Fit

Asos has started a test with See My Fit, an augmented reality tool that shows a product in different sizes and on different body types. Asos is the first retailer in Europe to test the technology.

Lidl UK’s online launch is getting closer

Lidl UK is said to launch its online shop later this year. The ecommerce website won’t feature groceries, but instead it will sell wine, spirits and non-food items.

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Last update: June 2019