Europe 500 Web Merchants Selling in Three or More Intracontinental Markets Double Online Sales Growth of Europe's 500 Leading E-Retailers As a Whole - WMBB News 13 - The Panhandle's News Leader

Europe 500 Web Merchants Selling in Three or More Intracontinental Markets Double Online Sales Growth of Europe's 500 Leading E-Retailers As a Whole

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The combined sales of the 27 Europe 500 web merchants operating three or more European e-commerce sites totaled $62.51 billion, up 29.2% from $48.40 billion in 2012, far outpacing the growth rate for the Europe 500 as a whole, according to Internet Retailer's newly published 2014 Europe 500 Guide

CHICAGO, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Europe's 500 top e-retailers that sell across national borders within the Continent-maintaining three or more dedicated, localized web sites-are growing nearly twice as fast as the 500 leading web merchants operating in Europe as a whole, according to Internet Retailer's newly published 2014 Europe 500 guide. Now in its fourth edition, the 405-page e-commerce resource provides comprehensive rankings, financial numbers and operating details of Europe's 500 largest web merchants based on their 2013 online sales. Hailing from 36 countries, the 2014 Europe 500 e-retailers collectively amassed €112.45 billion ($155.23 billion USD) in 2013, up 17.05% from €96.08 billion ($132.62 billion) a year earlier.

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One retailer championing cross-border expansionism as its chief business goal is Zalando AG, a German shoe and apparel retailer ranked No. 9 in the 2014 Europe 500. The e-retailer sells more than 150,000 products from 1,500 brands in 15 European countries. Zalando AG reported sales of €1.76 billion (U.S. $2.42 billion) in 2013, up an impressive 53% compared to €1.15 billion (U.S. $1.58 billion) a year earlier, according to the 2014 Europe 500. Equally impressive is the fact that 38% of total traffic to the e-retailer stems from mobile devices.

In addition to detailing web sales, growth rates and rankings, the 2014 Europe 500 contains a wealth of other vital financial and operating metrics-201 in all per ranked e-retailer, up from last year's tally of 177, including web traffic, conversion rates, SKUs online, average tickets, shopper demographics, search and e-mail marketing stats, e-commerce vendors used, web site features and functions and much more.

"If your business competes against any of these European e-retailers, or has its expansionist sights set on the world's second-largest e-commerce market after China-as it should-or is selling e-commerce technology solutions to web merchants already there, then the all-new, completely updated 2014 Europe 500 acts as your passport to the competitive intelligence you need to grow your e-commerce business," says Jack Love, Internet Retailer publisher.

The 405-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 Top500Guide.com, 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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