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.
More top news
The Children's Commissioner has found that nearly a third of five to eight year olds are left feeling hungry after a school dinner.
A cold but bright start to Friday, then a largely dry and bright day.
There are calls for dog owners to do more to control their animals after a spate of attacks on dogs in Port Talbot.