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2020 Holiday Season Sees 49% YoY Spike in US Online Sales

2020 Holiday Season Sees 49% YoY Spike in US Online Sales

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, holiday sales in the US beat expectations thanks to a spike in online sales. According to the research data analyzed and published by Finaria, retail sales grew by 3% during the period, against an expected 2.4%. 

The 75-day long holiday period saw a 49% surge in eCommerce sales. eCommerce accounted for nearly 20% of total retail sales compared to 13.4% in 2019. On the other hand, in-person sales at department stores declined by 10.2%.

Digital Shoppers in the US Spent $34 Billion During Cyber 5 

Based on the data published by the US Census Bureau, US retail sales started 2020 with a 4.7% growth in January. At the peak of the pandemic in April, there was a massive 19.9% decline. But by October, it had recovered to a growth rate of 8.5%. 

While there was a remarkable 8.9% growth in November, digital shopping got a bigger boost from Cyber 5. Over the five-day period between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, digital shoppers spent $34.36 billion. It was 20.6% higher than the $28.49 billion reported in 2019. However, it underperformed expectations as Digital Commerce 360 had projected a 34.9% jump. Similarly, Adobe Analytics had estimated a 38.3% growth rate.

All in all, non-store spending in November 2020 grew by 31.3% YoY according to Digital Commerce 360. It was the highest performance ever seen in November and the second highest on record. The highest was 31.5% in June 2020. 

75.3% of all sales in November took place online, compared to 51% in October. During the first 11 months of 2020, non-store sales in the US grew by 24.0%, compared to 13.9% in 2019. Non-store gains accounted for 70.2% of all retail sales growth in that period. In the first two weeks of December, digital sales in the US grew by 36%. During the same period, global digital sales grew by 45% YoY.

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