BONN (dpa-AFX) - According to DHL estimates, demand for parcels will increase significantly over the Easter period. Around nine million parcels are expected on the Tuesday after Easter, Germany's largest parcel service provider DHL announced in Bonn on Friday. That would be 0.6 million more than a year earlier. According to the logistics company, it normally only delivers around 6.3 million parcels per day, but now it could be almost 50 percent more. The parcels ordered in the days leading up to Easter often contain gardening supplies and small decorative items. "E-commerce continues to boom and a particularly large number of people order online during the Easter period," says DHL manager Marc Hitschfeld. With a view to the foreseeable parcel volumes, he adds that the company is well staffed./wdw/DP/zb