Thursday, May 15, 2003

SARS a boost for online shopping

May 15, 2003, 2:03 PM PT

Online traffic to shopping, education, news, medical and banking sites soared in Hong Kong as people sought safety at home from the SARS virus and steered clear of public places, according to a survey.

Internet monitor Nielsen/NetRatings said April was the first month since February 2001 that the number of active Internet users in the city showed double-digit growth. Traffic increased dramatically as surfers explored sites they wouldn't normally visit, said the agency's marketing director for Hong Kong, Peter Steyn.

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