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The Co-operative Economy 2012

Owned and controlled by members and not shareholders, more than 5,900 co-operative businesses in the UK contribute £35.6bn to the UK economy and operate across all business sectors. For the past four years, the sector has outperformed the UK economy, demonstrating resilience in difficult economic times and proving that values and principles go hand in hand with commercial performance.

The UK co-operative economy is the annual state of the sector report produced by Co-operatives UK, the trade association for co-operative and mutual businesses.