UK retailers saw online orders rise 10% in September compared to last year.
This puts year-to-date (Jan – Sep) growth at 12.8%, slightly ahead of the full-year forecast (12%), as we approach the peak trading period, according to the latest data from the IMRG MetaPack Delivery Index.
The volume of orders going cross-border has slowed marginally this month but, as has consistently been the case since June when the Brexit result was announced, this is still well up on the same period last year.
In September the percentage of orders going to international destinations was 27.5% – slightly down on the August volume (which was 27.8%), but still up against the 23.8% from September last year.
The most obvious driver for this trend is the fall in the value of sterling since the Brexit vote – and this may also be influencing a trend for increasing numbers of orders going to non-EU destinations, the report said.
Andrew Starkey, head of e-logistics at IMRG commented: “We typically see cross-border orders slow down between October and December as peak trading kicks in, but it seems possible that a higher volume may be sustained this year.
“The EU usually accounts for the higher percentage of cross-border volumes, but the past two months have seen non-EU destinations account for a greater share. This may well be due to the relative strength of the currencies in various markets around the world – while the euro has gained 13% against sterling since Brexit, the US dollar has gained 15.5% and the Australian dollar 16.5%. It’s quite possible that further falls in the value of sterling may continue to drive this trend.”