Online shopping

Online purchases up 13.7% year on year in February amid pandemic

SEOUL, April 01 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s online shopping rose 13.7 percent year-on-year in February, driven by strong demand for food delivery services, electronic goods and mobile services. travel in the context of the pandemic, data revealed on Friday.

The value of online shopping transactions stood at 15.4 trillion won ($12.6 billion) in February, up from 13.6 trillion won a year earlier, according to data from Statistics Korea.

Purchases made through smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices rose 20.4 percent year-on-year to 11.8 trillion won. Mobile purchases accounted for a record 76.4% of the total value of online purchases.

Online shopping has gained ground due to the COVID-19 pandemic as more and more people refrained from visiting stores to avoid viral infections.

Online transactions for food delivery services rose 23 percent year-on-year to 2.24 trillion won in February as orders placed through mobile apps surged. Food and beverages rose 11 percent to 2.05 trillion won.

Online shopping for electronics soared 20 percent to 1.91 trillion won due to the release of new smartphones and strong demand for online groceries.

Online shopping for travel and transportation-related services rose 35.6 percent to 784 billion won, as bookings rose amid the vaccine rollout and a weak base effect.