Weekly, SIBS has presented data on the impact of COVID-19 on the consumption habits of the Portuguese. This week provides the weight of online shopping divided by sectors, considering that there was a significant increase in e-commerce, returning to the previous values confirming the first case of coronavirus in Portugal.
According to SIBS, the sectors that saw the greatest increase during the pandemic were entertainment and culture, with a 64% increase, followed by food and retail trade with a 45% rise, catering, food delivery and take -away with 52% growth. In general, e-commerce purchases rose 17%, while physical retail stores registered an increase of 6%. The average value of online purchases increased last week to 38.9 euros, compared to the 37.5 euros (+ 4%) of average verified before the confirmation of cases in Portugal.
Due to the exceptional abolition of bank fees and commissions to the MB Way payment service, this is being used more by the Portuguese, both in online and in-store purchases, says SIBS, noting that between March 30 to April 5, the number payment in e-commerce exceeded the average recorded before the coronavirus pandemic. Compared to the previous week, from March 23 to 29, there was an increase of 23%.
Although there was a slight recovery in transactions in Portugal, it should be noted that online purchases are still 13 points below the average recorded before the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19, says SIBS in its statement. In the last week, in-store transactions fell by 50% compared to the average record before the start of the spread of the coronavirus in Portugal.
The report also points to a slight increase in commercial transactions in stores, compared to last week, accompanied by an increase in the average value per purchase, of 41.1 euros, plus 6%. Compared to the average recorded before confirmed cases in Portugal, the figure grew 18%.
Two out of every three transactions registered in physical stores are made in super and hypermarkets, pharmacies, para-pharmacies, with the addition of Small distribution of food, beverages and tobacco to this sector.
Drafting note: news updated at 12:50 with more information.