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 user 2009-06-02 at 12:31:50 pm Views: 42
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     Top 100 online retailers in the UK
    has teamed up with the IMRG to release its first ever top 100 UK online
    retailers in terms of visits.To coincide with the third anniversary of
    The IMRG / Hitwise Hot Shops List and new for May 2009 (based on April
    data) the companies have expanded the list from 50 to 100.Since
    the first Top 50 list was produced in May 2006 there has been 17 New
    entrants, 13 Companies moving up in the rankings, 17 slipping down the
    table, and whilst 3 have remained static, surprisingly a full 17 have
    disappeared off the end of the list.

    Other highlights include:-
    ·         Amazon retains the List’s top spot

    ·         Six of the original May 2006 top ten brands are still in the top ten

    ·         Four of the top ten have physical stores, up from three

    ·         Twenty eight have high street stores, up from twenty three in 2006                  
    number 1, Amazon’s dominance of the Hot Shops List has remained
    unchallenged every quarter since the List was first published, in May
    2006.  Argos has moved into second place this time, its highest annual
    May ranking to date up from 5 last May and 3 in May 2007 & 2006,
    although it has been at number 2 in other quarters in the
 (3/ originally 5) held on to the third position it
    enjoyed in last May. (4/6), at 4, pushed (5/4)
    into its lowest ranking so far, down to number
    of the original top ten retain membership of that elite group:  Amazon
    UK (1/1), Argos (2/3), (3/5), (4/6),
    (5/4), (8/7).  Joining them this May are Marks &
    Spencer (6/23 ) Epson UK (7/NEW), Next (9/14) and ASOS
    four of the top ten retailers have physical stores, down from five in
    May 2008.  Twenty-eight of the fifty Hot Shops have high street stores,
    up from twenty-three in
    the fastest climbers are ASOS (10/50), Marks & Spencer (6/23) and
    Epson UK (7/NEW) who did not feature in the top 50 in May 2006. In
    addition we have B&Q moving to 16 from 24, at 18 from 32
    and Littlewoods at 19 from
    and travel are the sectors most strongly represented on the List.  The
    top 5 electrical retailers include Epson UK (7/NEW), Dell (14/2) Apple
    Computer (17/10), Ebuyer (25/NEW) & Currys (29/27) with a trend of
    pure play online retailers entering the list whilst established
    retailers have lost ground. The top 5 Travel companies are Expedia
    (8/7), Easyjet (11/8), Ryanair (12/9) Thompson Holidays (13/13) and (22/12). Apart from Thompson Holidays (13/13) who is in
    the same position – all other companies in the Travel sector have lost
    ground in the listings since May
    is the fastest growing online shopping sector, with eight specialist
    retailers on the List including two of the biggest risers, Marks &
    Spencer (6/23) and ASOS (10/50), and three new-to-the-List high street
    brands – Topshop (21/NEW) and River Island (24/NEW) and New Look
    sales are also booming online. (5/4) continues to lead in
    this sector, while ASDA (23/49) is making excellent headway, and
    Sainsbury’s (20/NEW) joined the List at 45 in November 2007 and has
    risen 15 places since
    seventeen newcomers to the List since May 2006 are Epson UK (7), Tesco
    Direct (15), Sainsbury’s (20), Topshop (21), River Island (24), Ebuyer
    (25), LOVEFiLM (32), GAME (36), Homebase (37), Odeon Cinemas (39), New
    Look (40), The TrainLine (41), Cineworld Cinemas (42), Vue
    Entertainment (44), IKEA (46), Boots (48) and Halfords
    that originally appeared on the List but have since dropped out of  the
    top 100 are MyTravel (17), Packard Bell UK (38), (33), Tesco
    Electrical (34),  Thompsonfly (21) and Woolworths (41). A number of
    others, whilst out of the Top 50 are still placed within the Top

    CEO, James Roper, commented: “We are now all used to the Hot Shops List
    highlighting the 50 brands at the top of the e-retail game, so it is
    interesting to get this three-year perspective, and to double the
    number in scope to 100 in this new annual view.  Online merchants tend
    to be best placed to rapidly read and respond to consumers’ shifting
    sentiments, appetites, values and demands, driven by the current alien
    economic vortex.
    “With more than £50 billion worth of online sales
    at stake this year, and almost all of retail growth accounted for by
    the online sector, if a brand is not on the list, you probably have to
    worry about its future – so being in the Top 100 is an accolade worth
    striving for. Cross-border trading is the latest online shopping trend
    that is taking off, as UK retailers seek to exploit the weak pound’s
    attractiveness to overseas shoppers.” Hitwise’s Director of Research,
    Robin Goad, added: “Looking back over 3 years of the IMRG-Hitwise Hot
    Shops list, perhaps the most surprising thing is how stable the top 50
    has been. 33 of the retailers in this quarter’s top 50 appeared in the
    list 3 years ago, nicely illustrating the staying power of top brands.
    It is also interesting to note that, of the 17 companies that weren’t
    on the list 3 years ago but are now, the majority are established high
    street names.“However, while consumers do look for trusted brands when
    shopping online, they also look for innovative products, competitive
    prices and great customer service – and all of these contribute to a
    retailer’s online reputation. That is why there will always be space
    for innovative online only players such as Amazon,, Expedia
    and ASOS, and why online remains the most exciting channel for
    retailers both old and new.”

    The full list can be viewed here. …Click below .