54% of pensioners now shop online

Pensioners are now online shopping in their droves, as more than half of over 65s said they have shopped online for the first time in history.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 54 per cent of UK pensioners now shop online, the first time the figure has gone above 50 per cent.

Across all UK adults this grew to 82 per cent, rising five per cent compared to the previous year, while 87 per cent of adults said they used the internet daily or almost every day.

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Over the past three months, 44 per cent of UK adults spent between £100 and £499 online and a further 15 per cent spent more than £1000.

This reflects the growing number of households with access to the internet, growing three per cent to 93 per cent over the past year, while more than 80 per cent of adults also used the internet on their smartphone or tablet during the period.

Clothing continued to be the most popular online purchase, with 60 per cent of shoppers buying fashion items, followed by 49 per cent of adults buying household goods, and 44 per cent event tickets.

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