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Posts in Ecommerce

UK online spending to double by 2010

UK web shoppers will spend £6.25 billion on groceries a year by 2010, an increase of 235% over last year, according to a study by Paypal.

Research by the payment firm suggests British online spending will double to £39 billion, with the grocery sector taking the lion’s share of the market.

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Thousands of holidaymakers duped by fake sites

Scammers have fooled thousands of British consumers into paying for non-existent summer holidays online, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has warned.

The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation into at least five UK-based websites pretending to sell package holidays to European destinations.

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New website targets ticket touts

Viagogo.com , a new website aiming to muscle in on touts' earnings from football matches, has gone live in the UK.

Backed by lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman and David Katz, head of Yahoo’s sports and entertainment unit, the site provides an online exchange for fans to buy and sell unused tickets to games.

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Window shopping gets literal on the high street

I've been watching this story about Polo Ralph Lauren's ever-so-literal 'window shopping' for the past week, wondering if most people were thinking just what I was thinking.

Supposedly inspired by Spielberg's film adaption of Minority Report, Ralph Lauren has come up with a hybrid touch-screen shop window, where passers-by can shop by touching the window and selecting the items they see in the window.

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Myspace to sell Fox video content

Twentieth Century Fox is planning to use Myspace and other News Corporation websites to sell its movies and TV shows.

The move will see Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corporation, marketing its content on the gaming download site Direct2Drive from October.

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Paypal refunds users after technical error

Paypal, eBay’s online payment system, has refunded some of its UK customers after a technical glitch saw them charged twice for transactions.

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Britons spend 50 days a year online

The average British broadband user now spends around 50 days a year on the web, according to a new survey by YouGov.

General surfing was the most popular internet-based activity at an average seven hours and 54 minutes per week.

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Web blamed as Powerhouse shuts shop

Administrators of electronics chain Powerhouse have blamed rising competition from e-tailers after the firm closed its UK stores yesterday.

"Internet retailers and increased competition on the high street, coupled with the ongoing deterioration in the UK electrical retail market, has led to Powerhouse being unable to sustain its position in the retail marketplace," BDO Stoy Hayward said in a statement.

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PartyGaming snaps up sports betting firm

Online casino and poker firm PartyGaming has branched out into bookmaking with the £70 million purchase of Gamebookers.

The deal will see PartyGaming paying Gamebookers' owner, Isle of Man-based Trident Gaming, £55 million on completion and £15 million in 18 months' time.

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Study sheds light on complex Search conversion paths

Research by 360i and SearchIgnite will make interesting reading for search marketers who want to build their understanding of how consumers are interacting with organic and paid search listings before converting.

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Search engines to form anti-click fraud alliance

Search engines including Google, Yahoo and MSN have teamed up with The US’ Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) to develop ways of better measuring click fraud, according to the Associated Press .

Set to be announced later today, the initiative will attempt to develop guidelines that would introduce more accountability into PPC advertising.

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Online card payments rise in UK

More than 50% of UK adults made an online purchase with their credit or debit cards last year, according to new  research .

Payments association Apacs says 25 million adults (52% of all adults and 74% of internet users) bought goods online during 2005, an 11% rise over the previous year.

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