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Companies House data highlights 225% jump in UK online retail businesses


Analysis of Companies House data by B2B PR agency Definition had revealed that there were 44,191 new online retail businesses registered in the UK between January and December 2022, a 225% increase compared to the number registered in 2018.

The data further highlighted that online retail leapt from ninth most popular category in 2019 to reach the top spot in 2020, replacing management consultancy.

Furthermore, online retail has been the most popular type of new business registered in the UK for the third year in a row.

44,191 new online retail businesses, those offering sale via mail order or via the internet, were registered in the UK during 2022

Matthew Robinson, client services director, Definition, commented: “Perhaps unsurprisingly 2020 stands out as a very significant year – with the number of new online retail businesses established being more than double that of the previous year. This alone seems to have contributed massively to new business activity at the height of the pandemic. It remains to date the most popular type of business venture – and it’s hard to see that changing any time soon.”

Overall, 774,420 new companies were incorporated in 2022, which means online retail businesses constituted just over 5% of the total figure.

The number of new businesses registered last year across all types of retail was, on average, 63% higher than five years previously and constituted 13% of the total number of new companies – 103,295 of 744,420.

Read more about the growth of ecommerce across the world in the RetailX 2022 Global Ecommerce Region Report. The report explores in detail the current state of online retail in Africa, Asia, Europe, The Middle East, North America and South America through looking at their infrastructure, access to the internet and cross border commerce as well as exploring what and where customers in each country buy from.

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