UK shoppers are browsing online but not buying, the latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index showed on Thursday. But at least they still seem to be focused on fashion with the category staying strong
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UK online retail sales dropped 14.1% in June, which was the biggest fall since the IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index began. Beauty plunged but there was a bright spot for fashion, which rose in double-digits.
Online sales in the UK fell 9.1% year-on-year last month, although this was against a 61% increase in May 2020. And even with the fall, spend remain strong with sales volumes rising 46% compared to May 2019.
UK consumers may have rushed back to physical stores last month, but the reopening of non-essential shops in Britain didn't appear to send online spending's trajectory into reverse, despite speculation that it would.
Online sales continued to grow in the UK during March with a 71.7% year-on-year increase, although given how much of a shock to the system the first lockdown was in March 2020, the strength of the rise was no surprise.
Online retail sales surged again in February and fashion was a key beneficiary. And it was encouraging that footwear sales sprang back to life after a tough year due to the pandemic keeping consumers at home.