Online spending for Christmas rose by 17.8% compared to the previous year, according to figures released by the British Retail Consortium. High Street spending only rose by 0.3%.
Experts say the convenience of shopping online for comparing prices led to a big increase in the internet sector.
Retailers knew they were facing a challenging Christmas. Some did better than others but they were generally well prepared for shoppers' limited spending power.
After a sluggish start, the final few days leading up to Christmas saw a last-minute sales boost.
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