Online grocery spend more than doubled in June

Online grocery spend shot up more than 100 per cent in June as demand for home deliveries stayed strong despite retailers reopening their doors.

According to Barclaycard’s latest data, online grocery spending jumped 105.9 per cent year-on-year in June, aided by a 25.7 per cent rise in supermarket shopping overall marking the sharpest increase since the start of the year.

This came as overall consumer spending fell 14.5 per cent across the month, marking the smallest decline since lockdown began and providing signs that the retail sector could be starting to recover.

While spending on essential items, including food, increased 5.7 per cent compared to May, spending on non-essential items fell by 22.3 per cent year-on-year, a significant improvement on the 39.6 per cent fall seen a month earlier.

DIY and furniture stores experienced the most exaggerated recoveries, seeing sales jump 31.3 and 17.6 per cent compared to last year respectively.

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This compared to declines of 3.2 and 28.2 per cent respectively in May.

“While shoppers remain understandably cautious, slowly but surely Brits are starting to spend again,” Barclaycard director Esme Harwood said.

“Some retailers have seen really positive increases, particularly home improvement, DIY and sports and outdoor outlets, where spend has reached higher levels than before the onset of coronavirus, when spending at these stores was in decline.

“It also seems shoppers are generally reassured by retailer efforts to take precautions and make their stores safer. As lockdown eases and Brits are encouraged to enjoy summer safely, it’s clear that people are making the most of a sense of normality again, with many of us travelling to see friends and family, eating al-fresco, and taking day trips.”

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