Internet sales accounted for 18% of all UK retail purchases in June – up over 14% on last year. The home delivery expert ParcelCompare says the heat is still on for High Street retailers.
Last Thursday's Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail figures show 18% of all the goods we bought in June were snapped up online. Internet sales increased by 14.3% in June 2018 when compared with June 2017.
The large package delivery expert ParcelCompare says home shoppers continue to lead the way. ParcelCompare’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says ‘Online spending in clothing and footwear stores continued to achieve new record proportions of online retailing, for the fourth consecutive month, at 17.5%. Meanwhile, on the High Street non-food store sales fell back 0.6% against May’s figures. More bad news for traditional retailers.’
Says David: ‘On Monday the Government revealed a new High Street panel of experts, chaired by Sir John Timpson, with a brief to "diagnose the issues that affect the health of our High Streets and advise on the best practical methods to help them thrive" Judging from today’s results the diagnosis is that the High Street needs to continue to up its game, providing reasons why shoppers should want to visit town centres to experience a store.’
Concludes David: ‘As the summer hots up, many more of us may decide to shop from our nice cool homes and offices, rather than take a warm trip into a crowded city centre. I don’t envy the High Street panel’s task of coming up with ways to ensure shoppers are enticed back into High Street stores. It sounds warm work indeed.’