U.S. e-commerce sales grew by more than 30% between the first and second quarters of 2020, according to quarterly data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday, indicating that the epidemic has promoted online shopping. US consumers spent $211.5 billion on online shopping in the second quarter, up 31.8% from the first quarter. It was $160.3 billion in the first quarter, up 2.4% from the fourth quarter of 2019. E-commerce now accounts for 16.1% of U.S. retail sales, up from 11.8% in the first quarter. < / P > < p > in March and April, the closure of physical stores made many consumers turn to the Internet to purchase daily necessities such as toilet paper and disinfectant hand sanitizer, and promoted the sales of office supplies and electronic products. Online grocery orders also soared because many people are reluctant to go to the supermarket in person. < p > < p > data from July showed that although many physical stores have reopened, online shopping in the United States continues to grow. Total retail sales continued to decline in the second quarter of 2020, shrinking by 3.9% in the second quarter of 2020 and 1.3% lower than that in the fourth quarter of 2019. What is expected is that Amazon, Wal Mart, target and other industry giants have benefited from the explosion of e-commerce business caused by the epidemic. Amazon and Wal Mart both saw big growth in e-commerce sales in the last quarter, and target will report a third quarter profit on Wednesday, following a sharp increase in online sales in the first quarter. < / P > < p > as more and more States lift mandatory control measures against the new epidemic, consumers may also return to physical stores. But a considerable part of the online shopping habit is likely to remain so. Kantar, a consultancy, recently reported that 40% of consumers said they would “increase or substantially increase” online shopping during the outbreak.