Feeds

UK online sales top Germany

Billions spent online last year

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

The UK is Europe's biggest market for online retail - beating Germany into second place for the first time.

Total online spending in the UK is £6.69bn (€9.79bn) compared to £6.63bn (€9.71bn) in Germany. Increasing use of broadband was credited with helping the increase in the UK.

Internet sales grew by 51 per cent compared to last year to a total of £27.48bn (€40.2bn). The largest three markets - France, Germany and the UK - account for two-thirds of that total. Growth will be helped by "big book" - mail order firms - increasingly moving business online.

Online retail sales make up just two per cent of the total retail market in Europe - but this is expected to rise to five per cent by 2010.

France comes in third place with sales of £4.44bn (€6.5bn) in 2005. But researchers predict that ecommerce in France will grow fastest in the next few years - it blames Minitel and "the French love affair with going out regularly to physical shops for fresh produce or for their clothes."

Researchers from Mintel are predicting France will overtake Germany by 2010 when the total market will be worth £78.61bn (€115bn).

Italy and Spain bring up the rear of the top five with total markets of €13.24bn and €10.88bn respectively.

We are assured that Mintel will have a press release about this up tomorrow - click here for their website.®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.