The internet has come a long way ....

  • The Internet will influence      nearly half of total retail sales in 2010, compared to 27% in 2005.
    • This projection combines total       sales transacted online with those carried out off line but encouraged by       online research.
    • Offline sales will grow at a       faster rate than online sales over the next five years, indicating both       the need and opportunity for multichannel retailers to integrate their       offerings.
  • 85% of online shoppers said      they used the Internet to research their offline purchases in 2005.
  • Online retail spending will      increase from $81 billion in 2005 to $95 billion in 2006, and will grow to      $144 billion in 2010 (Jupiter)
  • By 2010, 71% of online users      will use the Internet to shop compared to 65% in 2005

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