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US online retail sales likely to surpass US$1 trillion by 2027

[CHICAGO] US online retail sales will surpass US$1 trillion by 2027 compared with US$445 billion this year, according to a forecast by business advisory firm FTI Consulting Inc, as more Americans move away from brick-and-mortar stores.

Online sales will grow at a compound annual rate of 12 per cent through 2020 and at a relatively moderate 9 per cent over the next decade, according to the report released on Tuesday.

Purchases made online accounted for 12 per cent of total US retail sales and 50 per cent of total sales growth in the past year, according to the study.

FTI said Inc's total share of these online sales is likely to increase to 53 per cent by 2027 from 34 per cent in 2016. This means Amazon's share would represent nearly 12 per cent of US retail sales by 2027 compared with 4 per cent at present.

This year, stronger online business is once again expected to boost total sales for the US holiday season, a period which typically accounts for 20 to 40 per cent of annual sales for many retailers.

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US retail industry group the National Retail Federation has forecast nonstore sales, which include online sales, to rise 11 to 15 per cent to about US$140 billion during the last two months of this year. In 2016, those sales rose 12.6 per cent.


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