Annual internet sales rose by nearly 20% in May as shoppers splashed out on Royal Wedding goods and summer wear. Home delivery expert ParcelCompare says record amounts were spent online in many retail sectors.
Today's Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail figures show May was a feel-good month for shoppers, with all retail sales up 1.3%, aided by spending on food and clothes celebrating the Royal Wedding. The e-commerce delivery expert ParcelCompare says home shoppers lead the way with internet sales up nearly 20% (19.9%) YOY and online clothing sales booming in particular.
ParcelCompare’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says: "There’s no doubt Britain’s shoppers have now taken e-commerce to their hearts. These are big results for online retailers. E-commerce grabbed a record 17.4% of all department store sales and 17.6% of all clothing sales. That’s a big slice of the retail pie. Shoppers splashing the cash on Royal Wedding lunches also spend a record amount on food, e-commerce gobbled 5.8% of all retail food sales.
Says David: "Online and High Street sales both grew in May, showing the growth of e-commerce doesn’t have to be entirely at the expense of our town centre stores. When shoppers have something to cheer about, such as a Royal Wedding, online sales in particular receive a boost. Let’s hope the World Cup produces a similar effect in June; we’re keeping our fingers crossed."