10% of retail sales are online in the UK

Out-Law News | 24 May 2006 | 2:59 pm | 1 min. read

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.

  1. Amazon UK
  2. Dell EMEA
  3. Argos
  4. Tesco.com
  5. Play.com
  6. Amazon.com
  7. Expedia.co.uk
  8. easyJet
  9. RyanAir.com
  10. Apple Computer
  11. British Airways
  12. lastminute.com
  13. Thomson Holidays
  14. Next
  15. Ticketmaster United Kingdom
  16. Tesco Register
  17. MyTravel UK
  18. Thomas Cook
  19. Tesco Superstore
  20. John Lewis Stores
  21. Thomsonfly.com
  22. Comet UK
  23. Marks & Spencer
  24. B&Q
  25. bmibaby
  26. First Choice
  27. Currys
  28. O2 Shop
  29. QVCUK.com
  30. PC World E-Commerce
  31. Carphone Warehouse
  32. HMV.co.uk
  33. XL.com
  34. Tesco Electrical Warehouse
  35. Flybe.com
  36. Debenhams
  37. Travelodge UK
  38. Packard Bell United Kingdom
  39. Jet2
  40. Littlewoods Online
  41. Woolworths UK
  42. InterContinental Hotels Group
  43. The Orange Shop
  44. Seetickets.com
  45. Monarch Airlines
  46. Screwfix Direct
  47. HP
  48. Opodo UK
  49. ASDA
  50. ASOS

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