Shoppers to spend more than £5bn online in December

Shoppers are set to spend more than £5 billion online this December, as they flock to the internet to buy Christmas presents.

Figures from payments association APACS suggest that the number of adults doing their shopping online has more than doubled in the last five years to nearly 30 million.

However, the group is somewhat concerned about fraud, and has launched a consumer advice guide and website aimed at helping shoppers.

"We reckon that Monday December 3rd is likely to be one of the busiest online shopping days of the year," said APACS communications director Sandra Quinn.

"More and more of us are buying our Christmas presents online and the evidence suggests we like to do so about three weeks before the big day to ensure they are delivered on time. The internet allows us to take the stress out of Christmas shopping, but it's important that people take steps to protect themselves - which is why we've launched this new guide and website.

"Simple measures such as protecting your PC with the most up-to-date anti-virus software can go a long way to ensuring your safety when using the internet."

Online retail spending is set to grow to more than £15 billion for the final quarter of 2007, further research reveals.

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