Online shopping hit a record high in September.

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Retail sales in South Korea (Yonhap)

Online shopping in South Korea hit an all-time high in September, driven by strong demand for food delivery services and electronics amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, data showed on Wednesday.

The value of online shopping transactions stood at 16.2 trillion won ($ 13.7 billion) in September, up 17 percent from the previous year, according to Statistics Korea data.

The September reading marked a record high since the agency began compiling related data in 2001.

The value of online shopping reached more than 15 trillion won for the seventh consecutive month.

In the third quarter, online shopping also hit a record high of 48.2 trillion won, up 19.6 percent from a year earlier.

Amid an economic recovery and tighter virus restrictions, people boosted online shopping for food delivery services, electronics, travel services and groceries in September, the agency said.

Purchases made through smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices increased 23.9% year-on-year to 11.7 trillion won. Mobile purchases accounted for 72.4% of the total value of online purchases.

Online transactions for food delivery services grew 36.8 percent year-on-year to 2.2 trillion won, and those for food and beverages increased 9.8 percent to 2.23 trillion won.

Purchases of electronics increased 25.8 percent year-on-year to 1.78 trillion won on the back of demand for home appliances and smartphones.

Online purchases of travel-related services jumped 40 percent to 776 billion won. (Yonhap)


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