Online purchases up 11.8% in September on travel services

SEJONG, Nov. 01 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s online shopping rose 11.8 percent year-on-year in September as demand for travel services surged following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. 19, according to data released on Tuesday.

The value of online shopping transactions stood at 17.45 trillion won ($12.2 billion) in September, up from 15.6 trillion won a year earlier, according to data from Statistics Korea.

Purchases made through smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices rose 12.4 percent year-on-year to 12.85 trillion won.

Mobile purchases accounted for 73.7% of total online purchases, up 0.4 percentage points from last year.

Online purchases of travel and transportation services amounted to 1.69 trillion won in September, more than double from 774.9 billion won a year earlier, South Korea and major countries that have lifted virus-related rules.

Online purchases of food and beverages also rose 11.2 percent year on year to 2.45 trillion won in September.

In contrast, online transactions for food delivery services fell 10.7 percent year on year to 1.95 trillion won, as more people dined out.

For the third quarter, online shopping transactions amounted to 52.2 trillion won, up 12.3 percent year on year, the data added.