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Direct Commerce sales double since Aug 2003

Direct Commerce retail sales, reported by the US Dept of Commerce as “Electronic & Mail-Order Sales,” have doubled since Aug 2003.

The chart shows total retail sales on the blue line against the left axis.  Direct Commerce sales are the green bars against the right axis.

During this same period, Aug 2003 to Aug 2010, Total Retail Sales have risen only 18.2%.

Perhaps even more significantly, Direct Commerce Sales as a percent of Total Retail Sales has risen to 6.16%, its highest ratio, ever.

Good news, but we also need to be careful not to read too much into this.  Direct Commerce has always succeeded in large part due to its convenience, and in a major recession, those with larger incomes are more concerned with convenience and more able to continue spending.

So, this could be most the effect of the current economic conditions.

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