Amazon.co.uk, Dell and Argos are the UK's most popular online stores, according to new figures from the e-commerce trade body. The figures also show that £30 billion of retail spending is now online.
A further £20 billion of other consumer spending is online and £30 billion of off-line retail sales are impacted by internet information, research or stimuli. A total of 10% of retail sales now take place online and online retail sales have grown at an average year-on-year rate of 45% for the past six months or 2,000% in six years.
The full list of the 50 most popular online retailers – ranked by visits – is reproduced below.
IMRG collects its sales data each month from a large pool of e-retailers whose sales represent a quarter of the UK market by value.
Almost 4,000 consumers responded to an IMRG survey this month. The results suggest that 52% will reduce their High Street spending in 2006 while 45% will increase their spending online.
All respondents said they research home appliances online prior to purchasing them on the High Street. For consumer electronics it was 94%, furniture 52%, garden and DIY goods 49% and travel 44%.
All of the respondents said they research and then purchase music online, 81% did so for books, 70% for travel, 55% for computer equipment and 45% for videos and DVDs.
IMRG published its IMRG-HITWISE: HOT SHOPS LIST today. It ranks by popularity, as indicated by visits, the top 50 UK online retailers selling goods and services in April 2006.
Ticketmaster United Kingdom
John Lewis Stores
Marks & Spencer
PC World E-Commerce
Tesco Electrical Warehouse
Packard Bell United Kingdom
InterContinental Hotels Group
The Orange Shop
The IMRG-HITWISE Hot Shops List will be published quarterly, and excludes comparison websites including eBay, Kelkoo and Froogle.