The IMRG Online Retail Index tracks the ecommerce performance of more than 200 retailers across the UK. The figures have been published every month since April 2000 and track all online sales, defined as transactions that are completed fully, including payment, via interactive channels. Online sales have built steadily in the UK since the index was launched at the turn of the millennium, but the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 turbo-charged ecommerce, as an increasing number of consumers purchased goods through digital channels.
Online UK retail sales recorded another decline in revenue in February as sales fell month on month.
Online sales have been growing at a slow rate in 2023 so far, nearing growth levels seen in 2019.
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Ecommerce sales grew at the slowest rate on record in February, facing tough comparables from last year’s figures when the UK was in lockdown.
Ecommerce sales grew at the slowest rate on record in January as retailers battle the ongoing cost-of-living crisis and rising inflation.
Black Friday sales are likely to be down this year against strong comparables in 2020.
Online retail sales in July continued their declining trend seen throughout the summer, although the drop eased somewhat compared with previous months.
Experts have said changes to consumer behaviours driven by the pandemic, combined with the shifting date of the event, could hamper sales at this year’s Amazon Prime Day.
Online sales recorded their biggest drop in volume ever last month, though online spending remains significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels.
Online retail sales reported positive growth in April despite the easing of restrictions, although sales did decline on a month-by-month basis.
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Online sales growth has stayed strong in February as lockdown shopping habits continued.
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Online sales growth reached its highest level in more than a decade last year as the Covid-19 pandemic spurred a shift in shopping habits.