Online boxing day spend to top $317 million

AUSTRALIANS are predicted to spend $2.3 billion in the post-Christmas splurge, with thousands of shoppers logging on to get their deals online.

Finder.com.au researchers have discovered 13.5% of Australians - or 2.6 million people - are opting to shop online for their Boxing Day sales.

Internet shoppers are expected to spend $317.6 million on December 26 alone, with a total of $2.26 billion predicted to change hands to internet sellers between Boxing Day and January 16.

New South Wales tops the list with a $745 million spend forecast for the period.

"Last year, the number of shoppers on finder.com.au almost doubled overnight from December 25 to Boxing Day and totalled more than 160,000 during the official sales period," Finder.com.au consumer advocate Bessie Hassan said.

"This year so far, we're already seeing a 76% increase in the number of online shoppers compared to 2014 and this will only continue to grow."

The online retail sector is not the only one to receive a boost.

Australians expected to spend a total of $16.7 billion in the post-Christmas sales period, according to the Australian Retailers Association.

About two-fifths of the population will hunt for a bargain during the sales.

Ms Hassan said 30,000 people had taken advantage of Finder.com.au's promotional offers in the past 30 days, with 10,442 of them hailing from NSW.

Victorians were the second most web-savvy, with 8149 using the website, followed by 5000 Queenslanders hunting down coupon codes before buying. -APN NEWSDESK

ONLINE SPLURGE

NSW

Boxing Day: $104.9 million

Post-Christmas period: $744.9 million

VIC

Boxing Day: $100.9 million

Post-Christmas period: $590.8 million

QLD

Boxing Day: $42.5 million

Post-Christmas period: $376 million

SA

Boxing Day: $34 million

Post-Christmas period: $184.1 million

WA

Boxing Day: $13.9 million

Post-Christmas period: $233.1 million

ACT

Boxing Day: $11.2 million

Post-Christmas period: $67.8 million

TAS

Boxing Day: $9.8 million

Post-Christmas period: $61.5 million

AUSTRALIA

Boxing Day: $317.6 million

Post-Christmas period: $2.2 billion

*SOURCE: Australian Retailers Association

*NOTE: NT unavailable due to small sample size



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