Online sales growth forecast revisedMonday, 20 July 2009
Although the predicted slower rate of growth in the second half of 2009 is in line with the longer term historical trend, this should not mask the fact that online continues to be the driver of growth in the retail sector.For only one month in the first half of 2009 has there been positive year on year growth in high street sales - compared to an average of 14% year on year growth in the IMRG Capgemini E-Retail Sales Index.
In addition, the Clothing & Footwear sectors have performed consistently ahead of the Index during the last six months. The Index displays evidence of consumers “windows shopping” with the average Conversion Rate, which measures the number of purchases per visit, declining for e-retailers from 7-8% in 2007, to 5-6% in 2008 and now to 4-5% in H1 2009.
Mike Petevinos, Head of Consulting for Retail for Capgemini UK, said:“The online sales results for the first half of 2009 show a slight slowing of growth, as the recession weakens consumer spending on the web. However, growth still looks set to continue for the rest of 2009 with our predictions being at around 12%.
With online continuing to see growth in sales, the key concern for retailers should be how well set up are they to exploit this.
Tina Spooner, Director of Information at IMRG comments:“Price continues to be a major factor for consumers when shopping online, with recent research suggesting that 90% of UK households are adopting more prudent buying strategies to cope during the recession. It is clear there will be challenges ahead in the coming months for e-retailers as they prepare for the lucrative festive season.
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