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Online Shoppers Rose in China, Supported Alibaba’s Revenue Growth

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Nov. 17 2015, Published 9:48 a.m. ET

10% of retail sales are through the Internet in China

According to eMarketer, China and the US accounted for ~55% of the global Internet retail sales in fiscal 2014. It also mentioned that China and the United Kingdom have a higher proportion of “online-to-total retail sales compared to the US.” It’s important to note that ~27.5% of China’s population bought goods and services online in fiscal 2014 while 10% of the total retail transactions were through the online mode. In comparison, 73% of the United Kingdom’s population made online transactions. E-Commerce accounted for 13% of the overall retail sales in fiscal 2014. While the United Kingdom is positioned eighth in total retail sales, it’s third in global online retail sales.

Alibaba (BABA), Amazon (AMZN), and eBay (EBAY) will look to capitalize on the huge potential of rising online sales. This could be positive for their revenue and bottom line.

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Online shoppers rose in China

According to eMarketer, there were 148 million online shoppers in China in 2010. The shoppers accounted for 11% of the population and 32% of the total Internet users in the country. By the end of fiscal 2013, the number of online shoppers in China grew to 302 million. The shoppers accounted for 22% of the population and almost 49% of total Internet users in the country. By the end of fiscal 2020, the online shoppers will likely to grow to 700 million. Alibaba saw its revenue rise from $1.8 billion in 3Q13 to $3.5 billion in 3Q15.

Amazon is part of the iShares U.S. Consumer Services ETF (IYC) and the First Trust Dow Jones Internet IndexSM Fund (FDN). It accounts for 6.80% and 11% of the ETFs, respectively.

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