Some online categories saw a drop in orders in February
Online shopping is bucking the downward trend on the UK High Street, as latest figures show the "e-tail" sector made a 13% annual sales increase in February.
But, despite the annual increase, February online shopping fell 11% from the month before, the online retail research group IMRG Capgemini says.
The monthly drop was down to enhanced sales in January, thanks to continuing post-Christmas sales, the group said.
But online sales of beers, wines and spirits were up 30% on January.
There was also an increase in online sales in the few days before Valentine's Day on 14 February.
"These results show that the strong post-Christmas sales push and a toughening retail market have indeed led to a drop in spending from January to February," said Mike Petevinos, head of consulting for retail at Capgemini.
Categories which also showed an month-on-month increase included gifts and lingerie, but electricals, clothing and footwear, and health and beauty all showed a drop.
IMRG had previously reported a marked increase in online shopping over the Christmas and New Year period.