Thursday, 16th June 2011, 15:02:08
Ecommerce spending in the UK increased by 18 per cent last month, compared to the same time last year.
The monthly IMRG/Capgemini sales index found that Brits spent around £5.3 billion online during May, with low-ticket items seeing the largest amount of growth.
Furthermore, alcohol spending increased by 25 per cent year-on-year, while average travel spending online has now hit £869 per year.
Tina Spooner, the director of information at IMRG, said that clothing retailers are also performing online, but that others still have more work to do.
"However, we are seeing a pretty clear split between the sectors selling low-cost products and those selling high-value ones, with travel, electricals and home and garden lagging some way behind in terms of growth," she said.
"So although overall growth is very positive, it seems perhaps consumers are wary about making those big-ticket purchases in the current economic climate."
The Chinese online shopping market is also growing, according to a report this week from the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
Posted by Phil Williams
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