Online sales are expected to hit a record high this year in Canada, Statistics Canada said on Monday, as in-person purchases were limited during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new data is in line with Statistics Canada estimates from the spring, when e-commerce retail sales more than doubled from February to May.
Online shopping fell this summer from its peak of $ 4 billion in May, as more stores opened up to in-person shopping.
Nonetheless, Statistics Canada says 2020 is on track to beat total e-commerce sales by $ 305 billion in 2019, a figure that has more than doubled since 2013 and includes business-to-business sales as well as retail purchases.
A separate online survey of 600 adults from Google Canada in late October also found that 70% of respondents were looking online, not in stores, for Christmas gifts. (The professional association of the survey industry, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be given a margin of error because they do not sample the population at random.)
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