10% of retail sales are online in the UK

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.

Amazon UK

Dell EMEA

Argos

Tesco.com

Play.com

Amazon.com

Expedia.co.uk

easyJet

RyanAir.com

Apple Computer

British Airways

lastminute.com

Thomson Holidays

Next

Ticketmaster United Kingdom

Tesco Register

MyTravel UK

Thomas Cook

Tesco Superstore

John Lewis Stores

Thomsonfly.com

Comet UK

Marks & Spencer

B&Q

bmibaby

First Choice

Currys

O2 Shop

QVCUK.com

PC World E-Commerce

Carphone Warehouse

HMV.co.uk

XL.com

Tesco Electrical Warehouse

Flybe.com

Debenhams

Travelodge UK

Packard Bell United Kingdom

Jet2

Littlewoods Online

Woolworths UK

InterContinental Hotels Group

The Orange Shop

Seetickets.com

Monarch Airlines

Screwfix Direct

HP

Opodo UK

ASDA

ASOS

The IMRG-HITWISE Hot Shops List will be published quarterly, and excludes comparison websites including eBay, Kelkoo and Froogle.