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May saw a significant increase in the number of goods and services Britons bought online. 

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show there was 15 per cent rise in internet-based sales when compared to the same month a year earlier.

An average weekly spend of £727.5 million was recorded, which accounted for 11.4 per cent of total retail trade with the exception of automotive fuel. This is up from 10.3 per cent in May 2013. 

The biggest increase in online spending occurred at department stores, where growth of 26.5 per cent was recorded. Internet-based trade now accounts for 10.5 per cent of all business in this sector.

Online food sales grew 12.9 per cent year on year, meaning 3.7 per cent of total food shopping is now done via the web.

Textiles, clothing and footwear was the sector most dependent on the internet, with 11.3 per cent of sales coming online.