Retail Detail. High Gas Prices Make Online Shopping More Appealing

July 25, 2008 • Shopping


So it took high gas prices to encourage you to develop a fuel-saving strategy, huh? You’re not alone. Welcome to the dark side! Depending on your perspective, online sales are up either despite or because of the economic slowdown. A growing number of shoppers are deciding to skip trips to the mall in favor of online shopping.

Even as many brick-and-mortar stores are struggling, 11% of US consumers surveyed by Nielsen in June 2008 said they were shopping more on the Web as a result of gas prices.


"E-commerce is a bright spot," said Jeffrey Grau, senior analyst at eMarketer. "While retail store growth is in the middle-low single digits, e-commerce is still growing at least in the mid to high teens."

The Times reported that Gap had an 11% decline in same-store sales in Q1 2008, but a 21% increase in online sales.

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2 Responses to Retail Detail. High Gas Prices Make Online Shopping More Appealing

  1. Online shopping also allows you to avoid the overly eager, commission-based, salesperson, and masses of other shoppers. And you can have a cocktail while buying your shoes.

  2. Lauren - SCS says:

    Amen to that sister! Cheers!

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