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With the lifting of social distancing measures, online shopping in the travel and culture sectors has fully returned to pre-pandemic levels.
According to data from Statistics Korea on Friday, online shopping transactions in May jumped 10.5 percent year-on-year to nearly 17.3 trillion won.
By sector, travel and transportation services soared more than 97 percent from a year earlier to 1.5 trillion won, higher than in May 2019 before the pandemic.
Online shopping for cultural and entertainment services jumped 165 percent to a record high of 263 billion won.
However, food service purchases were down three point seven percent year-on-year as food deliveries fell and more people went out to eat. This is the first-ever drop in online food purchases since record-keeping began.
A Statistics Korea official said that with the lifting of distance restrictions, more people are dining out rather than using delivery apps.
Meanwhile, mobile shopping, or transactions made via smartphones and other mobile devices, rose 14.6% to 12.8 trillion won in May, accounting for more than 74% of total online shopping. .