"Not only has online shopping become increasingly popular for people buying Christmas presents in the UK, our retailers are in demand with people overseas." (Nick Landon, MD of fulfilment and packets, Royal Mail)
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As stated by the Royal Mail's MD, Nick Landon, the UK e-commerce industry has seen record-breaking sales this Christmas. Not only have Brits sent parcels nationwide but international parcel deliveries have increased rapidly, especially during this week.
The Royal Mail reported figures of over 600,000 parcels and packages being processed at its Worldwide Distribution Centre at London's Heathrow airport. The parcel volumes are currently twice as high as normal.
Moreover, people have been particularly keen on importing and exporting goods to Australia with a large majority being purchased via e-commerce websites. Down Under's growth market saw an increase of approximately 31% in November this year followed by Greece (21%), Finland (20%) and the Netherlands (20%).
These figures suggest that the eurozone crisis may not have affected the UK's international markets as much as we thought it would.
Source: Post & Parcel / Royal Mail