Half of all online sales now take place via mobiles
The percentage of online retail sales made in the UK through smartphones and tablets has exceeded 50% for the first time, figures show.
Mobile devices accounted for 51% of online sales between November and January, a substantial increase on the 45% recorded in the previous quarter and up from 40% on the same period the year before, according to the latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini Quarterly Benchmarking report.
Tablets accounted for 33% of sales, smartphones for 18% and desktop or laptop computers for 49%.
Visits to retail websites via mobile devices accounted for two-thirds (66%) of traffic over the last quarter, up from 63% in the previous quarter and 53% on the same time last year.
The report said the leap appeared to be driven by increased confidence in using smartphones for online shopping, likely helped by the trend for larger screens but also by significant improvements made by many mobile retail sites.
IMRG chief information officer Tina Spooner said: "Smartphones have played an important role in the overall online shopping process for a long time - often used for research and comparison on the go.
"But over the past year they have really started to become a major component of the checkout process too and that is what is driving this leap in mobile penetration.
"There is also the fact that we increasingly use our smartphones for managing so much of our lives.
"It's only logical that completing purchases on retail sites would gravitate over to these devices as well."