Coronavirus boosts online retail by a record 55%, food sales also soar

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Online retail sales in the Netherlands soared by a record 55% in the second quarter of 2020, as coronavirus kept people out of physical shops, national statistics agency CBS said on Tuesday.

Although shops were not ordered to close their doors during the lockdown, many did and this is likely to have propelled online sales upwards as multichannel retailers were the main beneficiaries of the online sales boom, the CBS said.

The entire retail sector has benefited from a 6% rise in Q2 sales, compared with the same period in 2019. Supermarkets and DIY stores were the main beneficiaries, but specialist food shops have also seen sales rise sharply.

Food sales were up 7.5% in the second quarter, as people ate more at home. But the clothing and shoe sectors were hard hit, with sales down 30% and 25% respectively.

Despite the second quarter’s record sales, retailers are less optimistic about the third quarter, the CBS said.

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