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Annual retail trade, 2015

Released: 2017-07-20

E-commerce and method of sale

E-commerce retail sales grew eight times as fast as retail sales from 2014 to 2015. E-commerce sales increased 13.3%, from $10.2 billion in 2014 to $11.5 billion in 2015. In comparison, total retail sales rose 1.6%, from $566.6 billion in 2014 to $575.5 billion in 2015. In 2015, e-commerce sales represented 2.0% of the retail sector's total sales.

The gains in e-commerce were widespread among store retailers, with most subsectors experiencing faster growth with their e-commerce sales than with their in-store sales from 2014 to 2015. Among store-based retailers, their e-commerce sales rose by 8.7% and their in-store sales increased by 2.1% during the period. In comparison, their sales from catalogue, mail-order or telephone increased by 0.8% and sales from all other methods (such as trade shows or special events) declined by 5.9% from 2014 to 2015.

  Note to readers

Data for 2013 and 2014 have been revised.

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