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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Q1 Online Retail Sales Up 12%
Rising gas prices and high unemployment have led to a 12 percent increase in online retail spending to $38 billion for the first quarter of 2011, according to comScore, which measures digital data. It’s the sixth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and second consecutive quarter of double-digit growth rates.
“Domestic retail e-commerce built on the success of a strong 2010 holiday season with another encouraging quarter here in the first three months of the year,” said Gian Fulgoni, chairman of the Reston, Va.-based company. “Faced with rapidly rising gas prices and stubbornly high unemployment, consumers continued to take advantage of the Internet’s lower prices by shifting their spending from offline retail stores. In fact, in the first quarter, the growth in e-commerce spending was roughly double that observed at offline retail. While we would expect online buying to dampen slightly if gas prices continue to eat into discretionary spending, it’s clear that e-commerce has become a mainstay in consumer behavior, driven by the attraction of both lower prices and convenience.”
Other first quarter highlights include: * Video Games, Consoles & Accessories; Books & Magazines; Computers/Peripherals/PDAs; Consumer Electronics; and Computer Software (excl. PC Games) were among the top-performing online product categories. Each of the categories grew at least 13 percent in the first quarter.
* The top 25 online retailers accounted for 67.7 percent of dollars spent online, the same percentage as last year, and down from a peak of 70 percent in 2010 as small and mid-sized retailers regain lost market share.
* The 12-percent growth in the quarter was a function of an increase in number of buyers (up 7 percent) and transactions per buyer (up 9 percent), but accompanied by a slight decline in dollars per transaction (down 4 percent).
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