ONS reports ecommerce sales up 13% in July 2015

Ecommerce sales grew by 13 per cent in July, compared to the same time last year, the Office for National Statistics has estimated.

Overall, they accounted for 12.6 per cent of all retail sales, with an average £821 million  spent online each week, according to the ONS Retail Sales report for July. In July 2014, ecommerce sales accounted for 11.4 per cent of all retail spending.

Overall, UK shoppers spent an average £7.1 billion a week on retail transactions during the month, spending 1 per cent more than at the same time last year but buying 4.2 per cent more in quantity. Compared to the previous month, spending was down by 0.2 per cent, with the quantity bought up by 0.1 per cent.

Online department store sales grew by 10.1 per cent, with 10.6 per cent of sales in the category made over the internet. Textile, clothing and footwear ecomemrce sales grew by 9.5 per cent, accounting for 12.3 per cent of sales in the sector, while ecommerce sales at household goods stores grew by 22.3 per cent – some 6.8 per cent of all spending in the category.