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Consumers spent US$3.9 billion online in May -- a 9 percent decrease from the $4.3 billion
racked up in Internet sales in April -- according to data released Monday by Forrester
Research and Greenfield Online.
Forrester research director James McQuivey hesitated to label the sales decrease as a
slump, however. "The 'slump' could be seasonal, it could be the economy, and it could not
be a slump at all," McQuivey told the E-Commerce Times. "We'll have to stay tuned to see
what June does."
You know, if I could find a stinking job, maybe I'd be more likely to buy music. Well, if there was anything worth buying. And I could find a job.
Certainly one month doesn't establish a trend. And led by big-ticket item declines could be a general economy effect. Many current e-tailers have survived the "dot-com" crash and once security, privacy and technological reliability concerns are solved should see continued growth.
Accelerated roll-out of high-speed DSL service will also give B2C sales a boost.
Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D.
President, LEIBOLD & ASSOCIATES