Consumers also spent significantly more online in the third quarter, particularly on groceries and items for the interior of their home, according to Tuesday released Tuesday. Thuiswinkel Market Monitor. Much less was spent on events and travel. It also appears that around 760,000 online shoppers have been added.
Between the beginning of July and the end of September, consumers spent up to 5.7 billion euros online. That was 4 percent more than in the same period last year. The number of purchases amounted to 75 million, a whopping 23 percent more than in the third quarter of 2019.
This was entirely due to an increase in the number of goods purchased; that increased by no less than 34 percent. On the contrary, less was spent online on services such as vacations, amusement parks, and events. The number of services purchased fell by 25 percent, while spending was even 48 percent higher.
In particular, online companies that offer package tours were hit hard with a drop of 77 percent compared to the same period last year. Spending on individual airline tickets and accommodations decreased by 41 percent.
“The easing of government measures in the summer is also reflected in the numbers,” says Wijnand Jongen, director of Thuiswinkel.org, who was one of the initiators of the study. “The growth in online spending was still strong in the previous quarter. But more was bought in the physical shopping street too.”
According to the study, 760,000 people shopped online for the first time this year. That is 7 percent more than in the previous year. This was likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as there were hardly more online shoppers in the past year than the previous year.