Growth Rate of America's 500 Largest Web Merchants Trounces That of Overall U.S. Retail Sales by a 4-to-1 Margin

North America's Top 500 e-retailers collectively reached $255.6 billion in 2013 global online sales, an annual growth rate of 17.11%, according to Internet Retailer's newly published 2014 Top 500 Guide®.

Apr 23, 2014, 09:00 ET from Vertical Web Media

CHICAGO, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Growth in online retailing continues to far outpace that of store-based retailing, with North America's 500 largest web merchants accounting for 87% of all e-retailing sales in the U.S., according to Internet Retailer's newly published 2014 Top 500 Guide®. Now in its 11th edition, the 448-page 2014 Top Guide® ranks the 500 leading e-retailers in the U.S. and Canada based on their annual web sales.

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While 2013 total retail sales in the U.S. grew by 3.7%, reaching $3 trillion, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, online retailing grew four times faster to $263 billion, up 16.9%. And once again, the Top 500 e-retailers spearheaded the charge, posting a 17.11% year-over-year gain and accounting for a 29.4% share of all U.S. retail sales growth. Two types of merchants stand out in the Top 500 rankings: the 197 web-only retailers which, even not counting, grew 21.0% and commanded 41.35% of the Top 500's total web sales, and the 159 retail chains, which grew 16.7% to $88.76 billion and accounted for nearly one-third of total Top 500 growth.

More analysis of the fastest-growing e-retailers by merchant type and merchandising category as well as trends in U.S. e-commerce can be found in the 2014 Top 500 Guide®. The Guide provides 263 data points for each retailer, including 28 brand-new metrics, such as the percentage of web sales each Top 500 web merchant receives from online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. Updated elements for the 2014 edition include web traffic, conversion rates, browser satisfaction scores, search and e-mail marketing stats, and the solutions providers each retailer uses across 30 categories.

"Our award-winning team of researchers spent months gathering the complete financial, operating, web site performance and marketing data on each of the 500 leading web merchants selling online in the U.S. today," says Jack Love, Internet Retailer publisher. "This is mission-critical data for all retailers selling on the web, regardless of their size or merchant category. And only Internet Retailer delivers it."

The 448-page guide is now available in a digital version and all of its proprietary data can be accessed and customized by user preference through a subscription to, the world's largest online database of competitive e-commerce information.

For research information, contact Mark Brohan, vice president, research and product development, Internet Retailer, at 312.362.9535.

For media inquiries, contact Chaz McCrobie-Quinn, circulation manager, Internet Retailer, at 312.362.0107.


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