Online retail sales manage strongest growth in two years

Retail cheer: alcohol sales rose 23% year on year
Retail cheer: alcohol sales rose 23% year on year

Online sales jumped by 22% in May, according to new data, with large increases in alcohol, electrical goods and clothing.

The leap in sales represents the highest growth figure since June 2008, according to Interactive Media Retail Group's latest e-retail sales index.

Shoppers spent £4.5bn online during the month, equivalent to £73 for every person in the UK.

Tina Spooner, director of information at IMRG, said: "With online sales growing at their highest rate in almost two years, this is good news for the e-retail industry. The fine weather in May, together with the build-up to the World Cup appears to have had a positive impact for e-retailers."

Alcohol sales leaped by 23% year on year, boosted by discounted price offers by many retailers.

Sales of electrical goods grew 14% year on year, while clothes sales rose 32% as shoppers responded to the warmer weather. 

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