As expected November was the stongest month yet in terms of sales generated through TradeDoubler’s network. As customers do more of their Christmas shopping online as opposed to the high street a noticeable trend has emerged this year in that consumers seem to be buying lower value items. Whilst sales volumes have increased by 23% compared to October, the average order value has fallen by 6% to €154.

Year on year the growth in sales across all sectors continues to gain momentum. Figures published last month by Forrester Research predicted that online holiday sales in western Europe would increase by 44 per cent over last year. TradeDoubler’s figures are more optimistic showing a year on year increase of over 100% in sales volumes

The Consumer Electronics, Telecoms and Entertainment sectors have all experienced substantial growth compared to October as the Christmas shopping season takes off, growing by 43%, 34% and 62% respectively

Financial services, which has historically been quieter during November, grew by 2% month on month and by 44% year on year

The Entertainment sector has experienced a similar pattern of growth as we saw in 2003 with a huge growth in sales compared to last month and sales levels in November of around the same level as this time last year

Total sales volumes have increased substantially month on month as consumers turn to the internet to begin their Christmas shopping

Sales values have also increased, but not by the same level, as customers buy lower value items, for example products such as books, DVDs and CD’s from the entertainment sector

The TradeDoubler TrackerTM is a monthly report detailing online sales volumes and trends across Europe, based on TradeDoubler’s monitoring of sales made through its European network. The data contained within the tracker shows results from 700 advertisers, spanning a multitude of different sectors.
TradeDoubler is an independent third party tracking technology.

Published on: 12:00AM on 9th December 2004