- July 18, 2008

Moody's Gets Online

Back in November of last year, I wrote a blog post suggesting that the use of the “same store sales” metric as a barometer of retail health could lead to erroneous conclusions regarding the performance of individual retailers or the retail economy in general. My rationale was that many retailers don’t include online sales in such a measure and e-commerce has grown to the point where it represents a material contribution to the growth of many retailers’ businesses

So, I was particularly pleased when I recently read in the Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune that my “recommendations” were being taken to heart by Moody’s, who will now be including online sales as an important factor in their credit ratings. I think this is precisely the correct thing to do. E-commerce has come of age.

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