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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

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.

Facebook and eBay pledge to fight fake reviews

Facebook and eBay have agreed to do better in fighting fake and misleading reviews on their websites. They have made the pledge after the Competition and Markets Authority in the United Kingdom told them to address this problem.

UK delivery platform Sorted hits £1 billion milestone

Sorted, a delivery software startup from the United Kingdom, has reached a nice milestone. The value of goods it has shipped to date has reached the 1 billion pounds mark. All in all, it was a great year for the startup, which saw its client base increase by 200 percent.

Amazon and eBay account for 40% of UK ecommerce

Amazon and eBay dominate the UK ecommerce market. This year, the two ecommerce giants have a market share in the United Kingdom of 39.9 percent. Especially Amazon is way ahead of all other online retailers.

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Last update: June 2019