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UK deemed Biggest Online Shopper

UK deemed Biggest Online Shopper

Online shoppers across the UK spend more per household than consumers in any other country.

A report says UK households spent the equivalent of $5,900 using payment cards online in 2015. This was higher than Norway, the US and Australia.

The UK Cards Association suggested the frequency of debit and credit cards and the ease of delivering items drove online buys.

Figures from the association showed that £154bn was spent on the internet using cards in 2016, which is up by a quarter in two years.

Entertainment – including cinema, concert trips, takeaways and music downloads – accounted for one in four online card purchases in the UK.

Shoppers still fear online shopping opens the door to cyber-criminals; however head of policy at the UK Cards Association, Richard Koch, said security was in fact improving.

He said: "Since the early days of internet shopping there has been a host of innovations, from digital wallets to one click purchases, which bring enhanced security, choice and convenience for customers and which will lead to continued growth in the sector.

"The additional protection provided when using a card also gives consumers extra peace of mind when they are shopping online."

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