Retail therapy

Retail remains the single largest private employer in the UK, with one in 10 people working in the sector. Despite headlines about the demise of the high street, online still accounts for only 20% of total retail sales in the UK, meaning traditional forms of retail aren’t going anywhere just yet.

Sector at a glance

  • 20.6% - The proportion of sales that are online in the UK
  • No. 1 - Retail is the UK's largest private sector employer
  • 13,650 - The hourly footfall on Oxford Street, the UK's busiest shopping street