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United Kingdom (UK) Sportswear Market Size and Forecast Analytics by Category (Apparel, Footwear, Accessories), Segments (Gender, Positioning, Activitiy), Retail Channel and Key Brands, 2020-2025

The UK’s sportswear market was valued at GBP13.8 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow with a CAGR of more than 4% by 2025. The sportswear market of the UK experienced a decline of more than 5% during 2019-2020, which recovered with significant growth during 2020-2021. Sports clothing accounted for the largest share in 2020, followed by sports footwear, and sports accessories. Online purchases dominated the UK’s sportswear market, and clothing, footwear & accessories specialists was the leading distribution channel, followed by online specialists and other online retailers. Nike, Adidas, and Puma were the top brands in the UK’s sportswear market in 2021.

Overview of the UK’s sportswear market

Overview of the UK’s sportswear market

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What are the market dynamics of the UK’s sportswear market?

Sports clothing: The UK’s sports clothing consisted of womenswear, menswear, and childrenswear, where womenswear is expected to show the highest growth rate during the forecast period, while childrenswear showed the lowest growth rate. Womenswear is expected to show a value growth of more than 4% during 2021-2025, while menswear will increase by more than 3% during the same period. In 2020, sports-inspired casual wear was the dominating sportswear type, followed by active, and technical sportswear types. By value Adidas, Nike, and Sweaty Betty were the top sports clothing brands in the country in 2020.

Sports footwear: The sports footwear category is expected to grow with a CAGR of more than 4% during 2021-2025, to reach a value of more than GBP5.0 billion by 2025. The UK’s sports footwear consisted of women’s footwear, men’s footwear, and children’s footwear, where children’s footwear is expected to show the highest growth rate during the forecast period, while women’s footwear showed the lowest growth rate. Women’s footwear is expected to show a value growth of more than 3% during 2021-2025 and men’s footwear will also increase by more than 4% during the same period. In 2020, active was the dominating sports footwear type, followed by technical, and sports inspires casualwear sports footwear types. Nike, Adidas, and Puma were the top sports footwear brands by value in 2020.

Sports accessories: The sports accessories category is expected to grow with a CAGR of more than 9% during 2021-2025, to reach a value of more than GBP970.0 million by 2025. The UK’s sports accessories consisted of handbags, sunglasses, hats, scarves, gloves, belts, and other accessories, where gloves and belts are expected to show the highest growth rate during the forecast period, while other accessories showed the lowest growth rate. Handbags had the highest share of the UK’s sports accessories in 2020, followed by hats and sunglasses. In 2020, sports-inspired casual wear was the dominating sports accessories type, followed by active, and technical sports accessory types. Adidas, Puma, and Nike were the top sports footwear brands by value in 2021.

What are the key segments of the UK’s sportswear market?

The UK’s sportswear market is categorized into sports clothing, sports footwear, and sports accessories. Sports clothing accounted for the largest share in 2020, followed by sports footwear, and sports accessories. Sports clothing share has been increasing during 2015-2020 and is expected to grow moderately during the forecast period. Sports accessories is expected to be valued at over GBP970.0 billion by 2025.

The UK sportswear market, by key categories

The UK sportswear market, by key categories

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What are the major distribution channels in the UK’s sportswear market?

Online purchases have a major share in the UK’s sportswear market, with offline penetration being less than 50% in 2020. The distribution channels in the UK’s sportswear market included clothing, footwear & accessories specialists, online specialists, department stores, hypermarkets, supermarkets & hard discounters, other specialist retailers, other online retailers, and others. Clothing, footwear & accessories specialists was the leading distribution channel in 2020, followed by other online specialists and online retailers. The online specialist is expected to outperform other online retailers by 2025.

The UK sportswear market, by distribution channels

The UK sportswear market, by distribution channels

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Which are the top sportswear brands in the UK?

The major sportswear brands in the UK’s sportswear market include Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance, Sweaty Betty, Decathlon, Mountain Warehouse, Trespass, Under Armour, Reebok, Gymshark, ASICS, Lactose, Berghaus, Fabletics, Lululemon, HOKA ONE ONE, Endura, The North Face, and Champion. Most of the brands had mass-market price positioning, while Sweaty Betty, Lacoste, and Berghaus had premium price positioning. Endura and Champion were the brands amongst the top twenty which had value price positioning.

The UK sportswear market, by key brands

The UK sportswear market, by key brands

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Market report scope

Market size (year – 2020) GBP13.8 billion
Growth rate (CAGR) >4%
Base year for estimation 2020
Forecast period 2021-2025
Key categories Sports clothing, sports footwear, and sports accessories.
Key distribution channels Clothing, footwear & accessories specialists, other online retailers, online specialists, department stores, hypermarkets, supermarkets & hard discounters, other specialist retailers, and others
Key brands Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance, Sweaty Betty, Decathlon, Mountain Warehouse, Trespass, Under Armour, Reebok, Gymshark, ASICS, Lactose, Berghaus, Fabletics, Lululemon, HOKA ONE ONE, Endura, The North Face, and Champion

This databook provides both the historic and forecast market data of total sportswear sales in the UK. It illustrates the data with charts, graphs and tables summarizing the value and volume trends, with category details in sportswear. The forecasts include the impact of COVID-19 on growth. The databook also reveals major brands‘ share in the sportswear market with their price and market positioning in 2020.

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Key Players

Nike

Adidas

Puma

ASICS

New Balance

Under Armour

Decathlon

Sweaty Betty

Reebok

Trespass

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Sportswear

Sports Clothing

Women’s Sports Clothing

Men’s Sports Clothing

Children’s Sports Clothing

Sports Footwear

Women’s Sports Footwear

Men’s Sports Footwear

Children’s Sports Footwear

Sports Accessories

Appendix

Frequently Asked Questions

The UK sportswear market was valued at GBP13.8 billion in 2020.

The UK’s sportswear market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% during 2021-2025.

Sports clothing accounted for the largest share in 2020, followed by sports footwear, and sports accessories.

Clothing, footwear & accessories specialists was the leading distribution channel in 2020, followed by other online specialists, and online retailers.

The major sportswear brands in the UK’s sportswear market include Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance, Sweaty Betty, Decathlon, Mountain Warehouse, Trespass, Under Armour, Reebok, Gymshark, ASICS, Lactose, Berghaus, Fabletics, Lululemon, HOKA ONE ONE, Endura, The North Face, and Champion.

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