Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium: 

"The scorching summer sun has inevitably meant that online searches for home and garden products - like barbeques and garden furniture - were among the top search terms across Europe and beyond. At the same time, end of school term has created a surge in searches for prom dresses and computer games to entertain kids during the long holidays.

“Online retail search activity is maintaining its growth trajectory, being driven by consumers moving online to shop. Given this growth, some retailers will be looking at the opportunities for exporting offers to other countries.

“These trends will continue as retailers continue to invest in the evolution of their online offering for shoppers.”