Feeds

Germans lead Euro Xmas spending

Ho bloody ho

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Europe will spend E2.6 billion ($2.22 billion) online this Christmas - equal to all online retail sales in Europe for 1999.

Despite the optimistic tone, it's still way off the predicted $10 billion (E11.7 billion) that punters in the US are expected to spend this season.

The latest research from Forrester claims that German retailers will lead the European e-spending table with sales of E715 million ($609 million), followed by Britain with E664 million ($566 million). France trundles in third with just E292 million ($249 million).

In all European countries, Christmas shopping will account for a major percentage of this year's total online sales - ranging from 23 per cent in Denmark to 39 per cent in Greece, said the research.

Forrester analyst Abigail Leland said: "As the number of online shoppers grows over time - in the first six months of the year alone, the number nearly doubled - retailers have found more justification to migrate their offer to the Net.

"In Europe's biggest Net economies like the UK, consumers have been online long enough for the effect to hit, and in countries like Spain and Italy, waves of free-ISP Internet initiates who first came online last Christmas will hit their first-year mark and make their first online purchases this holiday."

Earlier this month AOL UK said that claims its unmetered Net access service now available in Britain could trigger a shopping boom making this Britain's "first true e-Christmas". ®

Related Story

AOL UK predicts bumper e-Xmas

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.