SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - November 28, 2009) - The U.S online retail sector delivered a strong comeback on Black Friday 2009 compared to the same period last year, according to Coremetrics, the leader in marketing optimization.
This analysis, delivered as part of Coremetrics' second annual Black Friday Benchmark Report, reveals the following trends and patterns as of 12:00 am PST:
- The average dollar value that consumers spent per online order rose 35.0 percent year over year, led by apparel retailers.
- Consumers are buying more items per order than they did last year -- by 18.3 percent.
- Consumers are spending considerably less time browsing retailers' sites, suggesting they had done their research prior to Black Friday and that they are shopping from lists.
- Browsing sessions were down by 5.4 percent
- The number of people who left a site after viewing only one page (also known as a "bounce" rate) was up by 39.4 percent
- Page views per session declined by 30.4 percent
- Apparel retailers and jewelry retailers reported the biggest jumps in the average dollar amount consumers spent per online order, up 28.6 percent and nearly 25 percent respectively.
- Department stores did a phenomenal job of attracting new consumers to their sites, reporting a 151.7 percent jump. However, the average dollar amount consumers spent per online order actually decreased by 7.2 percent, suggesting that shoppers may be sitting on the sidelines waiting for more discounts and special offers.
- Sports Gear and Apparel retailers also reported a rise of 54.6 percent in the number of new consumers visiting their sites and a 61.3 percent jump in the number of sessions in which consumers completed an order. But the average dollar amount consumers spent per online order declined slightly by 3.1 percent.
These findings are based on data from Coremetrics Benchmark™, the industry's only peer-level benchmarking solution that measures online marketing results, including commerce data, against those of the competition. More than 500 leading U.S. retailers, contribute their analytics data to Benchmark. All data is aggregated and anonymized. Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Bloomingdale's, Coldwater Creek, L'Occitane en Provence, Macy's, Nordstrom, Office Depot, PETCO and Williams-Sonoma are just a few of the participating companies.
Coremetrics recently enhanced Benchmark to include near-real-time data and added advanced functionality, such as sales trends by comparison period, conversion rates from Pay per Click (PPC) campaigns, and website traffic by browser type. Over the last year, Coremetrics has nearly doubled the number of companies participating in Benchmark.
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