Retail Week’s ranking of the UK’s top 50 retailers by sales for the 2015/16 financial year sees The Range, Inditex and Asos enter the table for the first time.
Within the top 10, Aldi has solidified its position and climbed into ninth place.
|Rank||Retailer||2015/16 UK sales (£m)||Change*||Previous rank||Notes|
|3||Asda||£22,066||=||3||12 months to December 2015|
|5||John Lewis Partnership||£9,749||=||5|
|6||Marks & Spencer||£9,471||=||6|
|7||Walgreens Boots Alliance||£7,000||▲||8||UK retail sales (Boots Opticians and chemists). Retail Week Prospect estimate|
|8||Cooperative Group||£6,958||▼||7||Food retail. 12 months to December 2015|
|9||Aldi||£6,635||▲||10||Retail Week Prospect estimate. Year to December 2015|
|10||Dixons Carphone||£6,404||▼||9||Sales are underlying. Includes Republic of Ireland|
|11||Home Retail Group||£5,528||=||11||Still comprising Argos and Homebase over 2015/16|
|12||Amazon||£4,900||▲||13||Year to December 2015. Estimated sales through Amazon.co.uk|
|14||Lidl||£4,600||=||14||Retail Week Prospect estimate. Year to December 2015|
|16||Primark||£2,910||=||16||Retail Week Prospect estimate|
|18||Sports Direct||£2,200||=||18||UK retail sales. Retail Week Prospect estimate|
|19||Arcadia||£2,070||=||19||Retail Week Prospect estimate|
|22||Debenhams||£1,907||▼||20||UK net sales, excluding concessions|
|30||JD Sports||£1,225||=||30||UK retail sales. Retail Week Prospect estimate|
|31||WHSmith||£1,212||▼||28||Includes a small element of international turnover|
|33||Superdrug||£1,105||▼||32||Year to December 2015|
|36||Apple Retail UK||£1,008||▲||38||Year to September 2015|
|37||H&M||£995||▲||40||Retail Week Prospect estimate|
|38||McColl’s Retail Group||£950||▼||35|
|40||Halfords||£869||▼||39||Retail division sales|
|41||N Brown||£866||▲||42||Includes small element of international turnover|
|42||House of Fraser||£827||▲||44||UK net sales, excluding concessions|
|43||River Island||£805||=||43||Year to December 2015|
|44||Pets at Home||£793||▲||46|
|45||Harrods||£783||=||45||UK net sales, excluding concessions|
|47||Farmfoods||£729||▼||40||Year to December 2015|
|49||Inditex||£606||n/a||NEW||Combined UK sales of Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear and Stradivarius|
|50||Asos||£604||n/a||NEW||UK retail sales|
*Change compared to 2014/15.
Aldi’s progress shunted Dixons Carphone into 10th place, while the Co-op and Boots switched positions.
These three spots have been taken up by new entrants The Range, Asos and Inditex.
Asos’s profile is arguably higher than its 49th position might suggest, but it is easy to forget that it generates such a large proportion of its turnover internationally and it has taken a while for its domestic business to reach the required threshold.
While H&M has had a long-standing presence in this ranking, fellow fast fashion giant Inditex cracked the top 50 for the first time.
The Spanish retailer trades through Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear and Stradivarius in the UK, but much of its growth has been driven by Zara, which accounts for just over 90% of its UK sales.
Retailers that have made great leaps over the year include Ocado, H&M and New Look, although the latter is unlikely to maintain its upward trend in next year’s ranking given its poor domestic performance in 2016/17 to date.
In contrast to last year, general merchandise discounters such as Poundland, B&M Bargains and Home Bargains had a more muted performance.
Home Retail Group makes its last appearance in the table, with the Sainsbury’s acquisition of Argos set to help solidify its position as the second largest retailer in the UK. Despite this, Tesco remains comfortably ahead in first place.
This ranking excludes buying groups, franchised formats and opticians. Sales are UK retail sales ex-VAT for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated.
Department store sales are net and exclude sales through concessions.
The list was compiled by Retail Week Prospect, an intelligence service offering insight and analysis on the UK’s retailers.
- B&M Bargains
- City & finance
- Co-operative Group
- Department Stores
- Dixons Carphone
- Farm Foods
- General Merchandise
- Hennes & Mauritz
- Home & DIY
- Home Bargains
- House of Fraser
- JD Sports Fashion
- John Lewis
- Luxury fashion
- Marks & Spencer
- N Brown
- New Look
- Pets at Home
- River Island
- Shop Direct
- Sports Direct
- The Range
- TK Maxx