Electronic commerce is growing

E-commerce companies' turnover in Portugal grew in the first quarter of 2006, as shown by the results of the “Quarterly barometer of electronic commerce in Portugal - 1st quarter 2006”, recently publicized by the Associação de Comércio Electrónico em Portugal (ACEP - Association of Electronic Commerce in Portugal) and the company Netsonda.

According to the results of the barometer, about 85% of the interviewed e-commerce companies say that they registered an increase in their Internet turnover during the first quarter of 2006, compared to the same period of the previous year, with a growth equal or above 50% for one third of the interviewed companies.

Regarding the number of clients who made purchases on the Internet, the study also shows that it grew vis-à-vis the same period of 2005. About 45% of the interviewed companies mention an above 25% customer increase, while 42% of the companies had growths between 1% and 25%.

Regarding investment made by the companies selling products and services on the Internet, the study shows that about half of those interviewed (51%) maintained the investment made on their website, compared with the same period of the previous year, and that about 36% of the companies increased their investment.

Lastly, concerning the products and services that were sold, the highlight goes to computer products, mentioned by 35.5% of the interviewed companies, followed by books and magazines, mentioned by 32.3% of them, and electronics products (including mobile phones), sold by 29% of the companies.

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