Online Shopping Increases Sharply in March Amid COVID-19

  • Arirang News

    May 07, 2020 08:27

    Online purchases rose by more than 11 percent on-year in March amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Statistics Korea said on Wednesday that total online transactions amounted to about US$10.3 billion, which accounted for about 28 percent of all retail sales, the highest proportion on record.

    Food was the main driver of the increase as the coronavirus lockdown kept people from going out, even for groceries. Purchases of produce, meat and fish products were up around 92 percent, while food delivery service transactions rose by about 76 percent.

    On the other hand, sales of leisure services plunged by about 89 percent and travel and transportation services by about 73 percent on-year.

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