Online shoppers in Northern Ireland spent more money online in 2013, compared to 2012. 19.2% according to the British Retail Consortium. (Link near bottom of the page)
Footfall on the High Street in Northern Ireland dropped by 8.7% over the course of 2013, compared to 2012, the worst in the UK, which had an overall average drop of only 2.4%.
Online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 19.2% in December versus a year earlier, the highest growth in four years.
Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “This is a respectable result overall, in line with our prediction that Christmas trading in 2013 would reflect that while confidence levels were higher than the previous year, this wasn’t always matched by more money in pockets.
The last-minute rush also arrived as expected, giving a major boost to sales in the final few days before Christmas after a fairly flat showing mid-month.” – Read more ….
The overall expectation is that 2014 statistics will also show more people shopping online and less people shopping in the local High Street .