S Korea’s online shopping posts double-digit growth in June

SEOUL (Xinhua) – South Korea’s online shopping posted a double-digit growth in June as people refrained from outside activity such as offline shopping amid the lingering fear over the COVID-19 outbreak, statistical data showed yesterday.

Shopping in the cyberspace amounted to KRW12.67 trillion in June, up 19.5 per cent from a year earlier, according to Statistics Korea.

It was the fastest increase since February.

Worry remained over the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to strong demand for online food services that surged 61.5 per cent in June from a year earlier.

Online purchase of food and beverage jumped 39.4 per cent as people preferred cooking at home. The purchase of household items in the cyberspace advanced 48.9 per cent in the month.

Amid the weakened outside activity, online demand for culture and leisure services tumbled 81.8 per cent, while the travel and transport services demand in the cyberspace plunged 57.8 per cent.

The mobile shopping, or shopping using smartphones, went up 22.8 per cent over the year to KRW8.46 trillion in June. It accounted for 66.8 per cent of the total online shopping.