Summary: While up over last year, e-commerce retail sales stay nearly even to date for 2021, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Third Quarter 2021
- The estimate for U.S. retail e-commerce sales for the third quarter of 2021, adjusted for seasonal variation, but not for price changes, was $214.6 billion, a decrease of 3.3 percent (±0.4%) from the second quarter of 2021.
- The third quarter 2021 e-commerce estimate increased 6.6 percent (±0.9%) from the third quarter of 2020 while total retail sales increased 13.1 percent (±0.7%) in the same period.
- E-commerce sales in the third quarter of 2021 accounted for 13.0 percent of total retail sales.
As you can see from this graph, the percent of e-commerce sales vs. total retail sales has leveled off this year, but is still elevated over most of 2020.
For more articles about e-commerce trends, see our Data Shot series.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau News, Press Release, November 18 2021
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