LONDON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- comScore Networks, a leader in measuring the digital age, today released the first in a series of European holiday season shopping analyses, which examine cyber shopping activity (defined as visits to secure Web pages) at the top U.K., France and German retail sites during the holiday season, beginning October 30. The analysis revealed that French retail sites have experienced the largest gains in the first three weeks of the season (versus the pre-holiday shopping period from 28 August - 29 October), capped off by a 79-percent gain in cyber shopping traffic during the most recent week (ending 26 November) versus the pre-holiday average. Retail sites in the U.K. saw a 65-percent increase, and German sites experienced a 63-percent rise in the most recent week compared to pre-holiday levels (See Table 1). Amazon and Apple Computer, consistently appear in each country's list of top sites, demonstrating the global appeal of these two brands. "While cyber shopping visits rose most quickly in Germany during the first week of the holiday shopping season, online shoppers in France have since become more active," said Bob Ivins, managing director of comScore Europe. TABLE 1 European Holiday Cyber Shopping Index*: Visits to Secure Sections of Online Retailing Sites U.K., France and Germany Source: comScore World Metrix U.K. France Germany Holiday Season Shopping Periods Pre-Holiday Base Period Index 100 100 100 Week 1 (10/30- 11/5) 137 153 157 Week 2 (11/6-11/12) 146 162 153 Week 3 (11/13-11/19) 151 165 156 Week 4 (11/20-11/26) 165 179 163 *Defined as the change in number of visits to secure sections of retail sites compared to the pre-holiday base period, which is the average of weekly visits to secure sections of online retail sites from 28 August -- 29 October. An index of 165 should be read as 65 percent more visits to secure sections of retail sites took place, compared to the average (100) during the pre-holiday period. "These gains show that consumers armed with high-speed access and positive online retail experiences are increasingly comfortable shopping online," commented Ivins. "As online spending continues to grow and account for a larger percentage of total consumer spending, the growth in online shopping could be the difference between a good Christmas and a great Christmas for many online retailers." French Holiday Review In France, three retail sites accounted for nearly half of all cyber shopping activity during the week ending 26 November. During this week, Groupe PPR (owner of Fnac.com and La Redoute) captured 22 percent of cyber shopping visits in France. Online super store, CDISCOUNT.com, captured 15 percent to of cyber shopping visits, and 10 percent of all cyber shopping visits generated by French Internet users went to Amazon Sites. TABLE 2 Top Retail Sites by Weekly Share of Cyber Shopping Visits from French Users* Period: Week Ending 26 November, 2006 Total France -- Home and Work Locations, Visitors Age 15+** Source: comScore World Metrix French Share of Weekly Cyber Shopping Visits Week Ending 26 November Top French Retail Sites*** 100% Groupe PPR 22% CDISCOUNT.COM 15% Amazon Sites 10% Apple Computer, Inc 7% 3 Suisses 5% ALAPAGE.COM 5% QUELLE.FR 3% Yves Rocher 2% American Greetings Property 2% Hewlett Packard 2% *Percentage of total weekly shopping visits to secure sections of retail sites **Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs. ***Not including eBay U.K. Holiday Review Cyber shopping visits in the U.K. were led during the week ending 26 November by online super stores, including GUS (owner of Argus and Burberry), which captured the highest share in the category (11 percent). Amazon Sites followed with 10 percent of all cyber shopping visits, and Tesco Stores captured 7 percent. TABLE 3 Top Retail Sites by Weekly Share of Cyber Shopping Visits from U.K. Users* Period: Week ending 26 November Total U.K. -- Home and Work Locations, Visitors Age 15+** Source: comScore World Metrix U.K. Avg. Share of Weekly Cyber Shopping Visits Week ending 26 November Top U.K. Retail Sites*** 100% GUS 11% Amazon Sites 10% Tesco Stores 7% Littlewoods Shop Direct 6% Apple Computer, Inc. 5% Play.com Sites 5% NEXT Group 3% Ticketmaster 3% The Carphone Warehouse Group 2% Groupe PPR 2% *Percentage of total weekly shopping visit to secure sections of retail sites **Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs. ***Not including eBay Germany Holiday Review German cyber shopping activity spiked in the most recent week (up 63 percent compared to the pre-holiday shopping period). The category was led during the week ending 26 November by Web.DE Shopping, which accounted for 16 percent of total German cyber shopping visits, followed by Amazon Sites, which accounted for 12 percent, and Otto Gruppe, which captured 9 percent. TABLE 4 Top Retail Sites by Weekly Share of Cyber Shopping Visits from German Users* Period: Week Ending 26 November Total Germany -- Home and Work Locations, Visitors Age 15+** Source: comScore World Metrix German Share of Weekly Cyber Shopping Visits Period Week ending 26 November Top German Retail Sites*** 100% Web.DE Shopping 16% Amazon Sites 12% Otto Gruppe 9% QUELLE.DE 6% O2Online.DE 5% Apple Computer, Inc. 4% NECKERMANN.DE 4% T-Mobile.DE 2% Tchibo 2% Medion Sites 2% *Percentage of total weekly shopping visits to secure sections of retail sites ** Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs. ***Not including eBay About comScore World Metrix comScore World Metrix is the first service to continuously measure and report online behaviour on a world-wide basis, providing visitation metrics and demographic characteristics for Web site audiences around the world. 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