In May, the proportion of overall retail sales in the U.K. bought online soared to the highest level on record at 33.4%, which compares with the 30.8% reported in April, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
In a survey carried out between May 18-31, the ONS says that 32.8 percent of respondents indicated that online sales increased, while 23.3 percent answered that they had decreased, 31.0 percent that they had stayed the same, 5.2 percent that they had stopped selling online and 7.8 percent were not sure.
In May, overall retail sales volumes increased by 12.0 percent when compared with the record fall experienced in the previous month, but sales were still down by 13.1 percent on February before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
ONS data show that for textile, clothing and footwear stores, retail sales rose by 18.0 percent month-on-month in May, after falling by 50.7 percent in April and 35.9 percent in March due the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Year-on-year, sales for the sector were down by 62.2 percent in May, after falling by 69.0 percent in April and by 36.0 percent in March.
The retail sales index for textile, clothing and footwear stores stood at 41.3 points in May, up from 35.0 in April, but still far off the 110.8 points registered in February before the pandemic broke out in the country.
Separately, the research institute GfK released its survey on consumer confidence in the U.K. that showed that the index rose to -30 in June, up from a flash reading of -36 on June 5 and -34 for the months of May and April.