Top December Web Gainers: Shipping, Retail, Tax Sites Surge

January 22, 2010

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Analytics, Automated & MarTech | Retail & E-Commerce

Americans flocked to retail and shipping sites during the end-of-year shopping frenzy, while holiday festivities also caused a surge in traffic to flowers/gifts/greetings and e-card sites, according to the monthly analysis of US web activity at the top-growing properties and site categories for December 2009 from comScore, Inc.

The analysis revealed that Tuesday, Dec. 15 was the heaviest online spending day of the year? -? and of all time? -? at $913 million, comScore said.

Holiday Shopping Spurs Retail Growth

Retail sites continued to climb in December as Americans scoured the web for deals. Among the top-gaining retail sub-categories were jewelry/luxury goods/accessories, sports/outdoor, and flowers/gifts/greetings sites, each growing more than 20% vs.? November 2009.

Jewelry/luxury goods/accessories sites attracted nearly 23 million visitors during the month, representing a 30% increase from November, comScore said. eBags, Inc. led the category with 2.9 million visitors (up 28%), followed by with 2.2 million visitors (up 26 percent), Zale Corporation with 2.1 million (up 48%) and Kay Jewelers with 1.7 million (up 69%).

Sports/Outdoor sites grew to nearly 39 million visitors during the month, a 25% increase vs. November, led by eBay Sports US with 5.1 million visitors (up 21%), which was closely followed by Cabelas, Inc. with 5.0 million visitors (up 26%). grabbed the #3 position with 4.6 million visitors (up 39%), followed by with 2.9 million visitors (up 29%). Dick’s also topped RetailMeNot’s November list of retailers for which consumers hope to obtain coupons.

Flowers/gifts/greetings sites saw a 23% gain, reaching nearly 39.8 million unique visitors in December. The AmericanGreetings Property led the category with 13.6 million visitors (up 18%), followed by with 6.8 million (up 49%), Hallmark with 5.6 million (up 46%) and, Inc. with 2.9 million (up 48%).

Tax Sites Grow as Season Looms

Tax sites ranked as the top-gaining category during the month with nearly 6.4 million visitors, up 54% from November, as Americans began early preparation for tax season.


Americans Rely on Shipping and e-Card Sites for Holiday To-Dos

Traffic to shipping sites spiked in December and reached an all-time 2009 visitation high as Americans rushed to ensure delivery of their gift purchases in time for the holidays. The category attracted 36.6 million visitors during the month, representing a 33% increase in traffic. UPS Sites led the category with 19.7 million visitors (up 51%), followed by The US Post Office’s site,, with 15.9 million (up 40%) and FedEx with 12.6 million (up 36%).


e-Card Sites were a popular way to send holiday cheer in December, with the category growing 29 percent to 31.7 million visitors. Among the most visited were with nearly 8 million visitors (up 16%), AG interactive with 6.7 million (up 46%), with 5.7 million, and with 4.3 million (up 55%).

About the rankings: comScore will be excluding its of top 50 properties rankings and top 50 ad-focus rankings until May 2010 when its hybrid transition period (change in methodol0gy) concludes.

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