Stat of the day: £4.4bn

The amount shoplifting costs UK stores each year.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
It looks like the UK has another dubious accolade to add to its rapidly-expanding collection: it turns out we've got one of the worst records in the world for shoplifting. Apparently, an average of £12,054,794 worth of goods were stolen each day in the UK in the 12 months to the end of June, adding an extra £180 to the average family’s shopping bill. The good news (yes, there is some) is that it's down from the previous year by 5.8%, suggesting that shoplifting fell as the economy gradually picked up over the year. But the problem is that more than a third of thefts are carried out by staff – making them less difficult to spot. Branded clothing is the most common target for thieves; but meat, cheese, alcohol and, er, seafood are also popular. So if the bloke in the queue behind you smells like a fisherman, it might be time to get suspicious...

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

Upcoming Events


Get your essential reading delivered. Subscribe to Management Today