-commerce sales are still below 10% of all retail sales in the US, but the category has posted a better growth rate than bricks-and-mortar revenue for some time. comScore reported that between Black Friday and the day after Christmas last year total online sales were $27 billion.
Very few companies get all or most of their sales online. Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) is the largest of these. It gets more than 79 million unique visitors a month, which means it attracts many “shoppers” who may become buyers. Walmart.com (NYSE: WMT) gets 36.7 million unique visitors per month in the US, but it clearly makes the huge majority of its sales in stores.
The holiday sales season, where retailers earn the majority of their sales and profits, is less than a month away. By some definitions, it starts the first of November.
24/7 Wall St looked at major items that people will buy as gifts this year and identified those which will be bought almost exclusively online, because it makes more sense to buy them that way than going to the store. Oftentimes, these goods are cheaper online. Some may also only be available over the Web.
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