European E-Tailers Faring Well

E-tailers in continental Europe are just now starting to get hit by slower growth, but they are still shining much more brightly than their U.S. counterparts, according to new figures from eMarketer.

In the first five days of sales earlier this year, French trade group FEVAD noted a 25 percent rise in revenues from nine leading online retailers in 2008, compared with the same period in 2007. "The group predicts that B2C e-commerce will grow 30 percent this year," eMarketer said. "That is down from 35 percent in 2007, but still quite healthy."

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