German e-commerce sales hit by war in Ukraine, high prices – industry

A cyclist for the ‘Lieferando’ food delivery service crosses a bridge as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues during an extended lockdown and a demand from the German government for more home office possibilities in Frankfurt, Germany, February 11, 2021.REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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BERLIN, June 2 (Reuters) – E-commerce sales in Germany fell 6.7% year-on-year in the six-week period from April 1 to May 16 as the sector grapples with the effects of the war in Ukraine and rising prices, an industry body said on Thursday.

The impact was felt across all trade hubs except essential goods, such as food and medicine, which reversed the trend with a 4.1% increase in online sales, the association reported. of e-commerce BEVH.

The biggest losers over the six-week period included DIY and flowers, which fell 15.2%; cars, motorcycles and related accessories, down 14.5%; and electronic goods, which fell 14.4%, the data showed.

“We are currently seeing two effects: a normalization of sales from the highs of the previous year and a combined blow of war with unstable consumers,” said BEVH spokesman Frank Duessler.

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Reporting by Klaus Lauer Writing by Rachel Plus Editing by Madeline Chambers

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