Consumers set to use tablets for 72pc of online purchases by 2018

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Tablets are set to dominate UK mobile online shopping this year as order volumes on the larger screened devices soar to double that of smartphones.

Smartphones will account for just £4.65bn of online retail sales in 2014, year-on-year growth of 43.2 per cent. Tablet online retail sales will soar 79.3 per cent to £9.28bn, according to EMarketer.

“Tablets, in particular, offer a larger and more tactile interface for online shopping, which is why we’re seeing particularly fast growth in tablet commerce,” says EMarketer analyst Bill Fisher.

(Source: EMarketer)

Overall sales, including tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices, will grow 64.8 per cent this year to £14.1bn in the UK, accounting for 27 per cent of total online retail sales.

EMarketer that sales will soar to more than £29bn by 2018, 38 per cent of total online retail sales, with tablets dominating 72 per cent of those sales.

(Source: eMarketer)