Reported in the Guardian on Aug 21.
Internet sales in July were £4.2bn – surpassing £4bn for the first time, and up from £2.34bn a year ago. The Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) believe that July’s awful weather contributed, as people preferred to shop online than go out in the rain. Also flood-damaged goods had to be replaced.
They also suggest that an increased number of fast broadband connections and improved websites contributed.