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23 July 2021, 13:00

Number of online shops in Belarus rises fast

MINSK, 23 July (BelTA) – The number of online shops operating in Belarus has more than doubled since 2015, BelTA learned from Inna Gavrilchik, Head of the Consumer Rights Protection and Advertising Oversight Office of the Belarusian Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry.

According to the source, the number of Belarusian online shops has increased by about 14,000 since 2015. Their number rose by 5.7% in H1 2021 to nearly 27,000. More than half of them are run by self-employed businessmen and 47% are run by legal persons. In her words, online retailing is an interesting segment for small and medium businesses. Some online shops specialize in certain goods while other ones offer a broad range of products for sale, Inna Gavrilchik said.

Since 2015 the share of online shops in retail trade has more than doubled and reached 5.4% in 2020. High figures have been registered this year, too, the official said. The Belarusian Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry partially attributed the active development of online retailing in Belarus to the pandemic.

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