In May, the proportion of overall retail sales in the U.K. bought online soared to the highest level on record at 33.4%, which compares with the 30.8% reported in April, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In a survey carried out between May 18-31, the ONS says that 32.8 percent of respondents indicated that online sales increased, while 23.3 percent answered that they had decreased, 31.0 percent that they had stayed the same, 5.2 percent that they had stopped selling online and 7.8 percent were not sure.

In May, overall retail sales volumes increased by 12.0 percent when compared with the record fall experienced in the previous month, but sales were still down by 13.1 percent on February before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Separately, the research institute GfK released its survey on consumer confidence in the U.K. that showed that the indicator rose to -30 in June, up from a flash reading of -36 on June 5 and -34 for the months of May and April.