Pandemic boosted e-commerce last year, says Unctad

Employees work in a data room at the headquarters of Chinese e-commerce giant on Singles’ Day or ‘11.11’ Global Shopping Festival, in Beijing on November 11 last year. Online sales rose 59% in Australia, 46.7% in Britain, 32.4% in the United States and 14.6% in China last year. – EPA pic, May 3, 2021.

THE Covid-19 pandemic provided a boost for e-commerce last year, but the digital windfall was not enjoyed equally across the board, a UN study found today.

“Although it will take some time to get the full picture of the impact of Covid-19 on e-commerce ... a number of developments point to the strong rise in e-commerce in 2020,” said the report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).

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