., restaurant sales, restaurant delivery ordered online); travel sales; event ticket sales; payments, such as bill pay, taxes, or money transfers; gambling and other vice good sales. The State of US Retail Ecommerce Sales. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic accelerated ecommerce sales growth significantly. Growth won’t be as high in 2021, but total sales will far exceed our pre-pandemic estimates.
Due to widespread commercial lockdowns and quarantine-related personal restrictions, US consumers overwhelmingly reduced spending on services and entertainment this year (restaurants, bars, salons, travel, events, education, etc.).
This is tempered by the expectation that as consumers transition out of the pandemic economy during H2 2021, disposable income will flow away from retail and back into key discretionary categories like travel, restaurants, and events.