(LEAD) Online shopping continues to grow in April amid non-contact trend

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SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) — Online shopping in South Korea continued to expand in April as eased virus curbs and the economic recovery boosted demand for travel companies and foodstuffs, knowledge showed Thursday.

The price of online procuring transactions stood at 16.5 trillion won (US$13.2 billion) in April, up 11.9 percent from the past calendar year, in accordance to the facts from Figures Korea.

Buys made via smartphones, tablets and other mobile equipment rose 15.7 % on-calendar year to 12.3 trillion won. Cell buying accounted for 74.6 per cent of the whole value of online browsing.

On-line procuring has increased as the COVID-19 pandemic prodded people to shun offline suppliers.

On the web purchases of vacation and transportation products and services grew by the biggest amount in April as the lifting of virus curbs boosted desire for travel. They jumped 627.5 billion gained, or 89.8 p.c, on-yr to 1.33 trillion gained.

The April reading marked the biggest amount of money considering the fact that 1.53 trillion won in January 2020, in accordance to the data agency.

It also virtually recovered to pre-pandemic ranges. The worth of on the net purchasing of vacation and transportation expert services arrived to 1.4 trillion gained in April 2019, nine months in advance of South Korea documented its first COVID-19 situation.

On April 18, South Korea lifted most coronavirus limits, except the mask mandate, in a important move toward returning to pre-pandemic everyday living.

In April, on line transactions of foodstuff and beverage rose 321.2 billion won, or 16.6 per cent, to 2.25 trillion received.

Those of food items shipping companies grew by the smallest quantity in April as improved outside exercise slowed demand from customers for foods shipping. They went up 113.3 billion won, or 5.7 per cent, on-12 months to 2.09 trillion won.

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