Online retail sales, excluding travel purchases, totaled about 20 percent more in 2001 than they did a year earlier, reported comScore Networks. That brought the total in the United States to $33 billion -- $53 billion when counting travel, which is the largest single segment among online purchases at 36 percent. Computer hardware comes in second at 15 percent, accessories are third with 10 percent, and office supplies are fourth with 8 percent of total sales. In addition, the majority of purchases were made from work, mostly because of faster computer connections, the group reported.
Did you hear?... Online sales in Germany clicking along strongly
Although only a fraction of total online sales in the United States, online purchasing in Germany is jumping nearly as quickly. According to a German marketing research group, GfK, German consumers in the first half of 2006 spent Euro 7.2 billion (USD $9.1 billion) for goods and ...read more