E-commerce in the pandemic and beyond

BIS Bulletin  |  No 36  | 
12 January 2021

Key takeaways

  • E-commerce has ramped up during the pandemic around the world. The growth has differed across sectors and over different stages of the pandemic. Novel data sources can help to follow these trends.
  • The growth of e-commerce has been higher in countries where there were more stringent containment measures and where e-commerce was initially less developed.
  • Some changes in consumers' shopping habits and payment behaviour may be longer-lasting. This may have implications for structural change and the growth of the digital economy.

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