Entertainment and culture are the sectors with the most online purchases by the Portuguese during the isolation of COVID-19

Entertainment and culture are the sectors with the most online purchases by the Portuguese during the isolation of COVID-19

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.

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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.