09 Jan '12, 9pm

Smartphones and computers: Santa's new helpers

SINGAPORE - Shopping during the last weeks of the year can be a nightmare - massive crowds, traffic snarls, checkout queues that stretch to the Moon and back. It is no surprise that an increasing number of savvy Singaporean shoppers are turning to their phones and computers to help them avoid the Christmas crush in town. Online retailers saw a surge of shoppers between Nov 24 and Dec 26 last year, according to online payment service PayPal. And for the first time, a fair number of the purchases were made by someone using a smartphone or tablet. Online shopping has been enjoying a boom in Singapore. A recent study by PayPal projected that, by 2015, Singaporeans will spend S$4.4 billion through online shopping every year. Said Mr Elias Ghanem, managing director for PayPal South-east Asia and India: "Online shopping has become mainstream, especially during the festive season,...

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