Locked-down Britons spent £93billion online in 2020

Britons splashed £93billion on online shopping in 2020 alone - up from £64billion in 2019, a United Nations study has revealed.

In total, 23.3 per cent of all retail sales were online in the UK last year, marking a rise on the 15.8 per cent seen one year prior.

Globally, 19 per cent of all shopping was done online in 2020, according to estimates from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) based on national statistical offices in major economies.

In South Korea, 25.9 per cent of shopping was done online, with China coming in second with 24.9 per cent.

Britain came in third at 23.3 per cent with the UK at 14 per cent.

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Online sales made up almost a fifth of global spending in 2020 as lockdowns caused a surge in internet shopping, a United Nations study has revealed (file image)

Online sales made up almost a fifth of global spending in 2020 as lockdowns caused a surge in internet shopping, a United Nations study has revealed (file image)

This included business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) sales, and was equivalent to 30 per cent of global economic output that year.

The pandemic led to mixed fortunes for leading B2C e-commerce companies in 2020, according to the report.  

Data for the top 13 e-commerce firms - 11 of which are from China and the United States - showed a notable reversal of fortunes for platform companies offering services such as ride hailing and travel, which saw sharp declines in gross merchandise volume.

The report read: 'For instance, Expedia (EXPE.O) fell from 5th place in 2019 rankings to 11th in 2020, Booking Holdings (BKNG.O) from 6th to 12th and Airbnb (ABNB.O), which launched its initial public offering in 2020, from 11th to 13th.'

China's Alibaba remained atop the rankings by GMV, followed by Amazon in the United States.

China's Alibaba remained atop the rankings by GMV, followed by Amazon in the United States (file image)

China's Alibaba remained atop the rankings by GMV, followed by Amazon in the United States (file image)

It follows reports that British retail sales rose by seven per cent in March. 

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Shoppers spent an overall 7.3 per cent more over the period of February and March, in comparison to last year in a boost for the economy. 

The office for National Statistics (ONS) published the figures which show that sales rose by 5.4 per cent in March alone.

And it was clothes that Britons splurged the most on, with garment-buying up by 17.5 per cent. 

Spending went up 7.3 per cent  in a year and jumped up 5.4 per cent on the previous month as shoppers splurged on clothes ahead of lockdown being eased

Spending went up 7.3 per cent  in a year and jumped up 5.4 per cent on the previous month as shoppers splurged on clothes ahead of lockdown being eased

The leap in sales came in the weeks leading up to lockdown restrictions being eased, allowing people to move around the country and start going back to work.

As well as clothing, other non-food related items also saw a huge jump, at 13.4 per cent.  

Garden centres and flower shops also rose at 7.4 per cent as Brits still stuck indoors continue to work on their gardens.

Petrol station sales jumped too, as travel restrictions throughout the UK lifted. 

In contrast, online sales dipped by from 36.2 to 34.7 per cent, but were still significantly higher than the 23.1 per cent figure for last year. 

Brits hit high street stores as lockdown rules eased. Online sales for March dipped slightly in comparison to February but were still higher than last year

Brits hit high street stores as lockdown rules eased. Online sales for March dipped slightly in comparison to February but were still higher than last year

Clothes-buying saw the biggest jump in sales with a 17.5 per cent increase in the lead up to re-openings on April 12

Clothes-buying saw the biggest jump in sales with a 17.5 per cent increase in the lead up to re-openings on April 12

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