07 06/2007Damien Buckley Every cloud has a silver lining!

Sun shining through clouds

The start of June has delivered the first decent downpours on Australia’s East coast in over two years – potentially bringing with it a windfall of a different kind.

Hitwise UK’s Heather Hopkins reports that: “The miserable weather over the bank holiday weekend caused a spike in online shopping in the UK. Retail and Travel websites reached their highest peak in share of UK Internet visits from the past two months. UK visits to retail websites were up 17% and visits to Travel websites were up 20% from Friday to Sunday.”

Heather’s statistics also show that when we can’t gt out into them we’re still thinking about our gardens, “visits to House and Garden websites were up 34%”.

As far as Australia is concerned, ongoing rain can’t possibly be a bad thing – and if it brings a few fringe benefits, how can anyone complain?

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