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UK online sales to reach the £100bn mark this month

UK shoppers will soon have spent more than £100bn since internet shopping began, according to figures from the IMRG.

The etail group says that the first online transaction in the UK took place in April 1995 - the purchase of a book from WH Smith via CompuServe.

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Multivariate Testing and A/B Split Testing - who provides it?

We're seeing growing interest from site owners in doing A/B split testing and multivariate / multivariable testing - for landing pages, for product pages, for buying processes, for e-mails and so on.

But who are the service providers out there specialising in offering such solutions?

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E-commerce all dressed up, going far

Clothes hunters helped grow US e-commerce by a quarter in 2006 - and there is no sign of that kind of increase letting up, according to a new report.

The e-commerce sector grew to $220bn, beating expectations by five percent but showing the same rate of growth seen in 2005, according to a survey conducted by Forrester for the National Retail Federation.

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Europe 'lags behind' on cross-border e-commerce

Europe is struggling to deal with cross-border e-commerce, according to a new report by the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament.

Despite the potential for online shopping across Europe, consumer confidence is low when it comes to buying online from abroad - only 6% do so, the report says.

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Introducing the 'Chief Listening Officer'

God provided a great model for communication when he gave us two ears and one mouth. But marketing - the function that leads customer dialogue - tends to focus on outbound communication. 

In today’s web connected world, is that still an appropriate model?

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Auctioning4u buys rival eBay drop shop chain

eBay drop shop brand Auctioning4u has bought the assets of iSold It UK, a rival chain that went into administration last month.

The move will see iSold It UK's shops moving over to the Auctioning4u network, boosting the company's plan to increase the number of its drop off locations around the UK.

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Yahoo! shuts auctions, loses eBay battle

Yahoo! is to close its auctions website this summer in the face of eBay's overwhelming market dominance.

Yahoo! Auctions will be shut down in the US and Canada from June, but sites in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore will remain.

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'Moss mania' boosts Topshop's web traffic

While people queued for up to eight hours outside Topshop's Oxford Street store to be the first to get hold of the new clothing range designed by Kate Moss, Topshop's website experienced similar demand.

The Topshop site, which starting selling the Kate Moss collection online from 4am yesterday, reportedly sold out of the range within 12 hours, and UK visits to the Topshop website have doubled over the last two days.

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Q&A: ASOS' Nick Robertson speaks out on 'Grubbygate'

ASOS CEO Nick Robertson was at the centre of a firestorm six weeks ago when he labelled affiliates 'grubby'.

In this interview, his first since 'Grubbygate', Nick explains the reasons behind his decision to close down the ASOS affiliate programme. The etailer certainly doesn't seem to have been hampered by its decision...

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Boo.com comes back from the dead

Infamous fashion brand Boo.com has made a return to the web today, but this time as a vertical search engine and social networking site focusing on travel.

The domain – which has already seen the demise of two etailing ventures - is now owned by Dublin-based holiday booking company Web Reservations International.

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eBay launches widgets for syndicated selling

eBay has launched a Flash widget applet that allows sellers to embed their auctions on sites around the web.

The auction site has billed the move as "a fun and easy way for you to share the interesting things you've discovered on eBay and personalise your blog, social networking page or website".

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Online sales to hit £78bn by 2010 - IMRG

The IMRG's annual statement says etail is growing faster than ever before, and predicts online sales in the UK will reach £78bn a year by 2010.

The group says £42bn will be spent online by UK shoppers in 2007, up from £30.2bn last year, while worldwide online sales will hit £250bn this year.

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