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Commuters spend over £9bn shopping while travelling

By Staff Reporter

Published 02/07/2015

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Commuting is now one of the most popular times of day to do online shopping, with more than £9bn being spent by those travelling to and from work, claims the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

The report found 'commuter commerce' accounts for £9.3bn in mobile spending each year, with commuters in London contributing two-thirds (£5.9bn) of the total.

The report said the most popular reason for shopping while commuting is to pass the time, followed by it being the most convenient time to shop - fuelled by the increased availability of WiFi on public transport, and better mobile browsing speeds.

On average, commuters are spending £36 a week, rising to £44 in London, with the most popular items being clothes and digital downloads.

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