UK E-commerce Industry RTIC
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UK E-commerce Industry

Learn more about the innovative companies and start-ups that make up the UK’s E-commerce sector with industry statistics and data from our Real-Time Industrial Classifications (RTICs).

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What is E-commerce?

E-commerce is the term used to describe Electronic Commerce – the process of selling or buying goods and services over an electronic network. When we talk about E-commerce today, in most cases we mean the buying or selling of goods over the internet – from specific products and services, to subscriptions, data, food and much more.

This new way of selling products online led to a boom in E-commerce focused brands and stores, such as Amazon, eBay and Asos, as well as more traditional bricks and mortar businesses using E-commerce platforms to sell online.

With this increased demand, we’ve seen a rise in the companies and tech start-ups supporting the E-Commerce sector from those providing intuitive inventory management services to the companies developing the platforms themselves.

E-commerce sector summary

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Here are the key facts about the E-commerce sector. The sector has a turnover of £10.9bn currently, has received £103.9m of investment and the sector is growing at 6.6% per year.


E-commerce verticals

Our industry data goes deep. See the top verticals and specialisms making waves in the UK E-Commerce industry today.

Our E-commerce RTIC is made up of 3 individual verticals. The top verticals in this sector include Tracking, and Platform. You can find out more about the verticals by downloading our RTIC report, or by signing up for a free trial of The Data City platform.

  • Sector Code Description Records
  • RTIC0074 E-Commerce 1574 companies

    Companies supporting E-Commerce sector through platform development, inventory management, tracking and logistics services.

    • E-Commerce: Inventory

      Companies offering inventory management services

      85 companies
    • E-Commerce: Platform

      Companies aiding in the development and the design of e-commerce platforms

      307 companies
    • E-Commerce: Tracking

      Companies offering shipment and tracking services

      1345 companies

E-commerce industry growth

Based on a growth rate of 6.6%, we expect that this sector could be worth £12.5bn by 2024. Below you can see our forecast of the growth of the sector.

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