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Online sales growth | UK car exports increase | M-commerce in China

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Online sales increase in February

According to the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) Retail Sales report, online sales grew by 12.3 per cent in February compared to the previous year.

In addition, £870.8 million a week was spent on average via e-commerce, which equates to 13.1 per cent of all retail spending. The fastest growing category in online sales was household goods at 31.8 per cent, whilst online grocery sales increased by 9.5 per cent.

Though the recent cold and wet weather has made an impact on retail sales, total retail sales across all channels grew by around 1.4 per cent to £26.7 billion.


Growth for UK car manufacturers

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) 146,955 cars were made in the UK in February. This represents an annual increase of 13.2 per cent.

Exports increased 9.1 per cent: around three-quarters of UK-made cars are now shipped abroad. Domestic sales increased 24.4 per cent.

“Sales figures from several of the UK’s leading automotive exporters have so far proved more robust, suggesting demand in the world’s largest market for marquee British car brands is holding up reasonably well,” said Stuart Apperley, Head of UK Automotive at Lloyds Bank commercial banking.

UK car manufacturing

M-commerce in China
Chinese mobile commerce rising

In China, mobile accounted for 64.7 per cent of all e-commerce sales in Q4 2015, outperforming desktop and laptop sales, according to Analysys International Enfodesk.

Mobile sales in China are expected to grow by more than 30 per cent each year until 2019, according to eMarketer. This will make the m-commerce market worth over US$1.5 trillion in 2019, which is around 24 per cent of all retail sales in the country.

The potential for retailers to grow and succeed in China via e-commerce, including m-commerce, is vast. Read our customer story for advice and support on entering this market.


Thursday 30 March 2016

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