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E-Commerce & Online Auctions in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

E-Commerce & Online Auctions Market Research Report | SIC G47.910 | Feb 2017

Just a click away: Consumers are expected to increasingly shop online to find the best deals

IBISWorld’s E-Commerce & Online Auctions market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies Inc Inc market share
Shop Direct Group Shop Direct Group market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Increased computer literacy has encouraged more consumers to purchase goods online
  • Smart phones and 4G have supported industry growth by allowing consumers to shop on the go
  • Leaving the European Union will make it harder to take advantage of distribution centres across Europe
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Retailers in the E-Commerce and Online Auctions industry sell a wide variety of goods through online portals only. Over the past decade the industry has undergone considerable change. Formerly a declining industry that focused on mail orders and direct sales via television, radio and telephone, the industry has been reinvigorated by the growth of internet services. Over the past five years, increased IT adoption and computer literacy have led to an increasing number of consumers purchasing goods online. Technological advances have led to rapid increases in internet speeds, which has supported revenue growth. Additionally, the proliferation of internet-enabled devices means consumers can easily shop for goods at their own leisure... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Almost any product imaginable is now available for purchase online. Industry operators have expanded their product ranges considerably over the past five years in response to growing consumer demand. While it is possible to segment the types of products into broad categories, there are huge variations within those categories.

Consumer electronics

Consumer electronics are the largest segment for operators, accounting for an estimated 21.5% of industry revenue in the current year. This segment includes personal computers, telephones, TVs, MP3 players, digital cameras, CD players and DVD players. These products can either be purchased new or second-hand. Over the past five years the revenue attributed to this segment has increased. Inc.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the E-Commerce & Online Auctions Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the E-Commerce & Online Auctions Industry are

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Economies of scale
  • Having a cost effective distribution system
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real private consumption expenditure and Percentage of households with internet access in the E-Commerce & Online Auctions industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the E-Commerce & Online Auctions Industry?

    Operators in this industry retail a wide variety of products via the internet, mail order, TV and phone. Online auction sites are included, but the sale of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts is not covered. The industry also excludes retailers that have a high-street presence but also sell products through the internet and other channels.

    Industry Products
    Consumer electronicsFood and groceriesClothing, footwear and accessoriesDigital music and e-booksCosmetics and fragrancesSporting equipment, toys and games
    Industry Activities
    Selling goods onlineSelling goods via mail orderSelling goods via online auctionsSelling goods via phone and TV

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real private consumption expenditure
  • Percentage of households with internet access
  • Total online expenditure
  • Demand from department stores
  • Current Performance
  • Budget-conscious shopping
  • Changing technology
  • Competition intensifying
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Uncertain times
  • Shopping on the go
  • Differentiate to compete
  • Improving safety
  • Table: E-Commerce & Online Auctions Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - E-Commerce & Online Auctions Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Wholesaling
  • Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling
  • Postal & Courier Activities
  • Sound Recording & Music Publishing
  • Wholesale of Other Household Goods
  • Products & Services
  • Other
  • Consumer electronics
  • Clothing, footwear and accessories
  • Food and groceries
  • Sporting equipment, toys and games
  • Cosmetics and fragrances
  • Digital music and e-books
  • Chart: E-Commerce & Online Auctions Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 25 and 34
  • People aged between 35 and 44
  • People aged between 18 and 24
  • People aged between 45 and 64
  • People aged 18 and under
  • People aged 65 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the E-Commerce & Online Auctions Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Advertising
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs E-Commerce & Online Auctions
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the E-Commerce & Online Auctions Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies Inc
    Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited
  • Table: Inc - financial performance
  • Table: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the E-Commerce & Online Auctions Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the E-Commerce & Online Auctions Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Big Data
  • The process of businesses gathering and storing customer data obtained from business transactions and analysing the data to reveal patterns and trends in customers’ consumption habits.
  • Click And Collect
  • The process by which a consumer orders online and collects the merchandise at a local store.
  • Transfer Pricing
  • The price at which divisions of a company transact with each other.

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    This report on E-Commerce & Online Auctions:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The E-Commerce & Online Auctions market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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