High-street shopping losing appeal in plugged-in Asia

The Internet is replacing the high street as the shopping destination of choice in the Asia Pacific, with a new survey showing a majority of Internet users prefer to go online to buy everything from electronics to holidays.According to the Visa e-Commerce Tracking survey, nearly 80 percent of Internet users polled in the region say they made an online transaction and spent an average of over $3,000 each in the past 12 months.The survey of just over 3,000 people in six countries and regions — Singapore, India, Australia, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong — showed the main draw of e-commerce was convenience and value, with nearly 90 percent saying it enabled them to find the best prices, shop easily and at any time.

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