E-commerce on the rise

Despite warnings of a global recession and continued predictions of gloom
and doom surrounding e-business, figures from UK-based Internet monitoring
company NetValue show that the number of secure connections made on e-commerce sites
grew steadily during the summer months. A secure connection is an indication
that confidential information is being exchanged, such as credit card details
in an online purchase. Between May and August this year, the number of home
Internet users making a secure connection to e-commerce sites increased by over
500,000 from 4,414 million unique users to 4,962 million.

The top 10 e-commerce sites in the UK, according to Netvalue, www.netvalue.com

Company                                 Unique visitors                                                Duration

(000)                                                    (min)
per user

amazon.co.uk                           1,601
                                                  13.6

amazon.com                             1,171
                                                  5.6

tesco.com                                 1,141
                                                  18.9

lastminute.com                          847
                                                     8.1

argos.co.uk                              694
                                                     11.2

jungle.com                                551
                                                     12.2

comet.co.uk                             503
                                                     6.6

expedia.co.uk                           460
                                                     9.7

bonzi.com                                 414
                                                     3.1

Britannia-music.co.uk               406                                                      8.8

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