The online retail sales have almost doubled (+99,3 %) in Canada, between February and may, because of the pandemic of COVID-19, according to data released Friday by Statistics Canada.
The federal agency noted that over the same period, the total retail sales decreased 17.9 %, and this, because of the different measures put in place to slow the spread of the disease coronavirus.
As the shops were closed, or that people avoided leaving their homes, the retail sales of electronic commerce have reached an unprecedented level of $ 3.9 billion in may.
It is, therefore, an increase of 2.3% compared to April and an increase of 99.3 % compared to February ($2.0 billion).
“From one year to another, the sales of electronic commerce have more than doubled, showing an increase 110.8 % compared to may 2019,” said Statistics Canada in its analysis.
All this enthusiasm for the online business, and the delivery was made so that the retail sales were cashed in April, compared to the previous month, a fall of 29.1 %, to 33.9 billion $. Compared to April 2019, the decrease reached 26.4 per cent.
“While e-commerce has experienced a monthly growth of 63.8% in April, the store sales dropped 25.3 per cent,” said the federal agency.
In may, the total retail sales began to pick up the hair of the beast and amounted to 39.3 billion $.
The grand prize winner, the sub-sector of food and beverages
It should be noted that 11 sub-sectors of the retail trade have experienced an increase of their online sales at the height of the health crisis. But from February to April, only one sub-sector, the food and beverage industry, has recognized both an increase of in-store sales (+3.3 %) and commerce (+107,0 %).
During the second week of march, the stores of food, considered as essential services, have experienced a growth of 38 % of their sales of food compared to the same period of the previous year, as well as an increase in the sales of certain personal care products, noted Statistics Canada.
On the other hand, sub-sectors have cashed out of hard shocks, February to April, such as furniture stores and home furnishings (-69,6 %), stores sporting goods, hobby items, articles, music and books (-79,0 %), as well as clothing stores and clothing accessories (-84,2 %).
“The pandemic of COVID-19 will it have lasting impact on the retail sector? request to Statistics Canada. Small businesses are turning increasingly to e-commerce platforms and use them in innovative ways. The structure of the retail industry in Canada could change, depending on the extent to which Canadians continue to choose the purchase options for e-commerce or come back on the methods of purchase traditional. Obviously, the landscape of the retail trade will evolve.”