UK reports online sales surge in November

19 December 2013 (Last Updated December 19th, 2013 18:30)

As per the Retail Sales Bulletin from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there is 11.9% rise in online transactions across the UK in November, which is 1.4% ahead of last year.

As per the Retail Sales Bulletin from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there is 11.9% rise in online transactions across the UK in November, which is 1.4% ahead of last year.

Last year on the same time, the total UK sales were at £30.2bn, 2.7% up in value, and 2.0% more in volume.

The ONS puts total weekly retail sales at £7.6bn last month, up from £7.3bn in November 2012. Online weekly sales were £809.9m, 15.1% up on last year.

According to ONS report, "the online spend at department stores was estimated at a record 11.4% reflecting feedback from retailers that suggested investment in their internet sites has boosted sales but at the same time detracted from sales in store."

According to Internet Retailing, last year on the same time, e-commerce department store internet sales were 31.3% up; and textile, clothing and footwear commerce sales were 28.9% ahead, which now account for 11.1% of sales.

According to the IMRG Capgemini, sales of electrical goods rose 63% in November, while sales of home and garden items rose 42%.

Online sales were 14.6% down at household goods stores, where they accounted for 5.6% of total sales. Online grocery sales rose by 11.7% and now account for 3.6% of all food sales.

The online surge in sales is the result of drop in visitor numbers to the high street as products can be bought from the comfort of homes.

The ONS figures are estimates based on a monthly survey of 5,000 retailers of all sizes, employing 100 people or more.