Comscore Reports Q3 2010 U.S. Retail E-Commerce Spending Up 9 Percent vs. Year Ago

Comscore Chairman Gian Fulgoni to Present Update on Q3 2010 E-Commerce Trends in Upcoming Webinar

RESTON, VA, November 1, 2010 – Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its Q3 2010 U.S. retail e-commerce sales estimates, which showed that online retail spending reached $32.1 billion for the quarter, up 9 percent versus year ago. This growth rate represented the fourth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth following a year of flat or negative growth rates.

Retail E-Commerce (Non-Travel) Growth Rates
Excludes Auctions, Autos and Large Corporate Purchases
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: Comscore, Inc.


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“Retail e-commerce growth in the third quarter remained solid at 9 percent, a fairly positive indicator for the upcoming holiday season,” said Comscore chairman Gian Fulgoni. “However, we continue to preach caution due to the continuation of high unemployment, which is creating very divergent spending patterns between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots.’ Even Americans who do have jobs still aren't confident enough to spend freely and many are still pained by their loss of wealth since the financial crisis struck in 2008. That and a higher consumer savings rate leaves less money for spending. Until the economy begins adding jobs at a meaningful rate, the lack of spending power among consumers will continue to be a drag on purchasing, with many consumers indicating their intention to cut back on gift buying this holiday season.”

Other highlights from Q3 2010 include:

  • The top-performing online product categories were Books & Magazines (excl. digital downloads), Computers/Peripherals/PDAs, Computer Software (excl. PC Games) and Consumer Electronics, indicating a higher willingness of consumers to spend on in-home entertainment.
  • The top 25 online retailers accounted for 70 percent of dollars spent online, up 5.5 percentage points vs. year ago. Online “pureplay” retailers accounted for 58 percent of dollars spent online compared to 42 percent among multichannel retailers, unchanged vs. year ago.
  • 41 percent of online retail transactions included free shipping, down marginally from last year.

Webinar Series: State of the U.S. Online Retail Economy through Q3 2010

Join Mr. Fulgoni as he presents an update of the state of the U.S. online retail economy through Q3 2010 in a live webinar on Wednesday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT.

The webinar presentation will include an overview of changes in consumers’ online spending patterns through Q3 2010, survey findings that highlight consumer sentiments regarding the economy, analysis of spending patterns across key product categories, retailer sectors and consumer demographic segments, and a preview of the 2010 online holiday shopping season

To register for the webinar, please visit:

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