eCommerce Sales Outpace Robust 7.2% Retail Jump in New Year, Mastercard Data Show

The eCommerce train is showing now signs of slowing down, the latest Mastercard SpendingPulse data released Thursday (Feb. 10) showed.

This as digital sales jumped 10.4% in January compared to a year ago, and grew significantly faster than the total U.S. retail sales estimate of 7.2%.

Compared to pre-pandemic level, Mastercard’s digital commerce data showed sales were up 110% versus January 2019 levels.

“Coming on the heels of the holidays, January typically marks a month of returns and exchanges,” said Steve Sadove, senior advisor for Mastercard and former CEO and Chairman of Saks Incorporated, in a statement.

“However, the strong growth across sectors reflects the optimism and eagerness for the year ahead,” he added, noting that nearly all sectors were up, reflecting what he said looked to be consumers “returning to their shopping habits with a continued emphasis on digital.”

Apparel, Luxury and Services

Another finding from SpendingPulse found that apparel sales were up 37.6% year over year for January, the strongest growth in SpendingPulse history. Clothing has been a popular good for consumers lately as consumers go back to the office, or begin to attend social events. Growth has been consistent for 11 months.

Department stores have also gained with January sales up 10.5%, year-over-year, and 9.8% when compared to pre-pandemic levels.Luxury items saw a 45.3% jump and jewelry sales were up 18.8%, both over the year as Valentine’s Day approaches.As mask mandates are starting to fade, even in the strictest areas of the country, there has been increased spending on services, as opposed to goods. As expected, there has been a significant increase in in-person activities that make up services. Restaurant sales are up 36.7% over the year, while it was 16.6% for the entirety of 2021. A Buying Trend The Mastercard report comes just one week after results from eCommerce giant […]

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