(Reuters) – U.S. retail sales rose 8.5% during this year’s holiday shopping season, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24, thanks to soaring online sales, according to a Mastercard Inc report published on Sunday.
According to the Mastercard SpendingPulse report https://mstr.cd/3qr4XEj, e-commerce sales in the US jumped 11% during this year’s holiday season, again highlighting the role of the pandemic of COVID-19 in transforming customer buying habits.
Shoppers also rushed to stores amid supply chain issues as COVID-19 cases surged, pushing sales at physical stores up 8.1% from 2020, the report added. .
“Shoppers were eager to secure their gifts before the retail rush, with conversations surrounding supply chain and labor issues sending consumers online and into stores in droves,” said Mastercard Senior Advisor Steve Sadove in a statement.
E-commerce sales during the holidays accounted for 20.9% of total retail sales this year, the data showed, noting that the sector continues to see growth as consumers appreciate the ease of browsing and shopping in the comfort of their home.
Segments such as jewelry and electronics continued to show growth, with jewelry sales jumping 32% and electronics sales up 16.2% from 2020 levels, according to the report.
The SpendingPulse report tracks spending by combining sales activity in Mastercard’s payment network with estimates of cash and other forms of payment, but excludes auto sales.
(Reporting by Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Porter)
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