As Amazon Australia takes orders in time for Christmas, this year’s Boxing Day online sales, the U.S. equivalent of Black Friday, could see an increase of 45 percent compared to 2016, says GlobalData, a data and analytics company. The company’s latest consumer payments survey reveals that Boxing Day online spending on Australia’s largest annual sales day could reach A$290m. This would be three times more than average online sales on any other day of the year with payment cards remaining the preferred method of payment for Australian shoppers. Alternative payment methods have already gained wide acceptance on the back of rising consumer preference for more convenient methods of payment.

See the consumer payments survey.