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Share of e-commerce sales in total U.S. retail sales 2010-2020

In the third quarter of 2020, the share of e-commerce in total U.S. retail sales was 14.3 percent, up from 11.1 percent from the corresponding quarter in the previous year. As of that quarter, retail e-commerce sales in the United States amounted to over 209.5 billion U.S. dollars.

Retail e-commerce in the United States

In 2018, the reported total value of retail trade e-commerce sales in the United States amounted to 519 billion U.S. dollars – impressive, but a figure which paled in comparison to the total annual retail trade value of 5.27 trillion U.S. dollars. In 2018, e-commerce accounted for 9.9 percent of total retail sales in the United States, up from 9.1 percent during the previous year. Online shopping is utilized among all age groups. According to January 2019 data, digital purchases were most common among Millennial internet users with a penetration rate of 84.8 percent. Mobile commerce is also growing in popularity with consumers increasingly turning to their smartphone for mobile shopping activities and using mobile shopping apps. During a February 2019 survey, 57 percent of respondents stated that they had used a mobile retail app to look for more information about a product or a service.

Quarterly share of e-commerce sales of total U.S. retail sales from 1st quarter 2010 to 3rd quarter 2020

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Release date

November 2020


United States

Survey time period

Q1 2010 to Q3 2020

Special properties

adjusted data

Supplementary notes

Estimates are based on data from the Monthly Retail Trade Survey and administrative records. Unless otherwise specified, all estimates are revised based on the 2014 Annual Retail Trade Survey and the final results from the 2012 Economic Census

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