US Web sales grew 16%, outpacing 2% growth overall

U.S. retailers grew their online sales by 16 percent in 2014, while total domestic store sales grew just 2.4 percent. U.S. online merchants grew their sales to more than $256 billion.

Online sales outpaced overall store sales, which reached about $3 trillion, by more than six times, according to Internet Retailer's 2015 Top 500 Guide. Of all retailers ranked in the Top 500, online sales were up 15.7 percent to about $297 billion.

The top-ranked retailer for Web sales in 2014 was once again Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), with with an approximately 19.5 percent increase in sales totaling $88.98 billion. Overall, Amazon accounted for 31 percent of all U.S. Top 500 sales and 26.1 percent of all U.S. e-commerce sales in general.

On the Top 100 list, Staples (NYSE:SPLS) ranked No. 4 and Office Depot (NASDAQ:ODP) ranked No. 6. However, once their $6.3 billion merger, which was announced in February, gets finalized, the retailer's combined operations would result in total annual Web sales of $15.53 billion, and total annual sales of $34.35 billion. Those numbers would make Staples the biggest office supply retailer, both on and offline, positioning it ahead of Walmart (NYSE:WMT) as the No. 3 online retailer in the Top 500.

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