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Q: Online Purchasing ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Online Purchasing
Category: Business and Money > eCommerce
Asked by: paulyt-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 24 Aug 2006 08:16 PDT
Expires: 23 Sep 2006 08:16 PDT
Question ID: 759091
What was the total dollar amount spent in the United States on online
purchases in 2005?

If possible, I'd ike to find out how much of the total amount spent
was spent on gifts for others.
Subject: Re: Online Purchasing
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 24 Aug 2006 09:34 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Paulyt,  

According to the 2006 State of Retailing Online conducted by Forrester
Research, online sales in 2005 reached $176.4 billion. Excluding
travel, online retail sales reached $113.6 billion, representing 4.7
percent of total retail sales in 2005.*

?2006 online sales (including travel) are expected to rise 20 percent
to $211.4 billion. Sales excluding travel will reach $138 billion.?

?The largest non-travel categories this year will include computer
hardware and software ($16.8 billion), autos and auto parts ($15.9
billion), and apparel, accessories, and footwear ($13.8 billion). Pet
supplies and cosmetics and fragrances are expected to experience
growth rates over 30 percent, more than any other categories.?

*"Retail Sales" exclude travel and include the following categories:
computer hardware and software; autos and auto parts; apparel,
accessories, and footwear; home furnishings; consumer electronics;
music and video; food, beverage, and grocery; appliances and tools;
toys and video games; gift cards and gift certificates; sporting goods
and apparel; office supplies; books; event and movie tickets; jewelry;
flowers and cards; baby products; computer peripherals;
over-the-counter medicines and personal care; cosmetics and
fragrances; and pet supplies. These are not the same categories that
the National Retail Federation tracks; therefore, the numbers are not

CRM Today: May 2006

Forrester Research definition of online retail sales includes auctions and travel.
?Online retail sales, which we define as B2C sales of goods including
auctions and travel, will grow from $172 billion in 2005 to $329
billion in 2010.?,7211,37626,00.html

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, total retail e-commerce sales for
2005 were estimated at $86.3 billion, an increase of 24.6 percent from
Source: The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce 
Quarterly Retail E-Commerce Sales 4th Quarter 2005

Online Commerce Revenues (US) 2005 for three major gift-giving seasons,
Valentines Day        $3.9 billion 
Mother's Day          $4.4 billion 
Holidays              $28.3 billion

E-commerce gift market
2004   $2.3 billion
2005   $2.9 billion
Source: SEC
Redenvelope Inc ? 8-K ? For 5/22/06

?Online holiday sales are on a pace to crack US$26 billion this year
-- an 18 percent leap over last year, according to JupiterResearch in
New York City.?
Ecommerce Times 2005

Online spending as a whole reached $143.2 billion in 2005, an increase
of 22% over the previous year.

?According to data from comScore Networks, Apparel and Accessories (up
36%), and Computer Software (also up 36%) were the fastest growing
product categories online for 2005.

?	Apparel and Accessories +36% 
?	Computer Software (+36%) 
?	Home and Garden (+32%) 
?	Toys and Hobbies (+32%) 
?	Jewelry and Watches (+27%) 
?	Event Tickets (+26%) 
?	Furniture (+24%) 
?	Flowers, Greetings & Gifts (+23%)?

?Internet spending for 2005 gained 22 percent over 2004 spending. Data
released by comScore Networks finds total Internet spending, including
travel, hit $143.2 billion in 2005.?

?Of the total online spending, $19.6 billion was spent Holiday Season
(November and December).?

?Total online sales for the 2005 holiday season reached $19.6 billion
for non-travel retail. This is a 25 percent increase over the same
period in 2004.?
Clickz: January 5, 2006

Search terms used: 
Online retail sales + billion
U.S. Ecommerce
Online shoppers
Online retail sales in the US
E-Gift Market 

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
paulyt-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Great answer!  Exactly the type of information I was looking for.

Thank You.

Subject: Re: Online Purchasing
From: bobbie7-ga on 24 Aug 2006 13:32 PDT
Thank you for the five stars and nice tip!

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