Amazon’s UK sales grew by more than 20% last year on top of a 51% rise in 2020.

Exterior of Amazon Fresh store in London

Amazon now has 15 Fresh convenience stores in the UK

The retail giant registered that sales were up 20.5% to $31.91bn (£23.22bn) in 2021, up from £19.6bn the previous year, according to filings made today at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Amazon’s group sales grew 22% to $469.8bn (£341.75bn), while its pre-tax profit margin jumped to 8.1%.

The UK is Amazon’s second-largest international market after Germany.

The retailer has been a large beneficiary of the Covid-19 pandemic, in which home-based customers sought online convenience.

Amazon has also been putting effort into its omnichannel presence in the UK – it now has 15 Amazon Fresh convenience stores, as well as a hair salon and a 4-star department store. It has also partnered with UK grocer Sainsbury’s to allow it to use its Just Walk Out technology.

Retail Week research director Lisa Byfield-Green said: “Amazon has had another really strong year, with this year’s growth impressive on top of its stellar performance last year.”

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