Online travel sales during holidays. Also, Europe`s lottery Websites, and ecommerce in Australia.
According to The NPD Group, online holiday sales generated $12.2 billion in revenue in 2000. Qualifying the “holiday” period as November and December 2000, NPD says that although online sales did not match expectations, they did almost double those of 1999.
NPD reports that travel reservations topped the list of holiday categories online, accounting for 21 percent of total sales. Not including $207 million in the “other” category, the popular shopping categories are:
US Online Holiday Sales by Category, November-December 2000 (in millions)
* Travel Reservations - $2,551
* Computer hardware/peripherais - $1,216
* Apparel - $1,144
* Auctions - $937
* Toys - $839
* Consumer electronics - $810
* Books - $774
* Financial Services - $539
* Music - $443
* Gift items - $420
* Computer software - $359
* Movies/Videos - $348
* Office and School supplier - $291
* Grocery items - $240
* Beauty items - $233
* Sporting goods - $222
* Video Games - $198
* Shoes - $175
* Prescription Drugs - $141
* Pet Supplies - $113
NPD also mentions the top Websites where the most money was spent:
Top Five Websides for Holiday Purchases, November-December 2000:
According to MMXI Europe, lottery Websites were very popular in the United Kingdom in December 2000. MMXI reports that Grab.com had 421,000 unique visitors in the last month of 2000.
According to IDC, between 1999 and 2000, the number of Internet users in Australia increased by 1.89 million to a current 7.4 million users. IDC says that the ecommerce market generated $2.9 billion in revenue in 2000 and will grow to $37 billion by 2004.