Driven by home consumption during the outbreak, e-commerce sales in the second quarter reached $211.5 billion, up 31.8% from $160.3 billion in the first quarter, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday. E-commerce accounted for 16.1% of U.S. retail sales, up from 11.8% in the first quarter. < / P > < p > in March and April, due to the closure of physical stores, many consumers turned to online shopping for necessities such as paper towels and hand sanitizers, which also led to an increase in purchases of office supplies and electronic products. Online shopping orders have surged as many consumers choose not to go to the supermarket. < p > < p > according to the census data of July, online shopping continues to grow among consumers, although many enterprises have reopened their doors. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, total retail sales continued to decline in the second quarter, down 3.9% from the first quarter. < / P > < p > major retailers such as Amazon, Wal Mart and target quickly switched to e-commerce during the pandemic and benefited from it. Both Amazon and Wal Mart reported significant growth in e-commerce sales in the second quarter.