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Online retail penetration expands to 65%: Assocham

Apparel, health, home furnishings, fragrances and cosmetics are the few categories which have shown growth in the last 12 years, with apparel being the strongest with 66 per cent followed by fragrances and cosmetics at 12 per cent growth, according to a report by Assocham and comScore, titled State of e-commerce in India.

‘The growth has come across all retail categories and most of them show promising transactions and conversion rates along with growth in visitors,’ the report said.

The report said that Flipkart group of websites (including recently acquired Myntra) are the most visited retail sites with over 26 million unique visitors for the month of July 2014 (excluding visitors using mobile internet and mobile apps). It was followed by Jabong (with 23.5 million unique visitors), Amazon (with 16.9 million unique visitors).

It also found that the travel category has also been growing overall and the growth has come from all the sub-categories including car rentals, online travel agents, airlines as well as hotels and travel information sites. ‘Indian Railways is among the most visited sites in India with over 15 million unique visitors a month. MakeMy Trip, Yatra and Cleartrip individually reach over 8.9 per cent, 7.6 per cent and 3.5 per cent of total online users respectively,’ it said.

According to the report, age group of 15-24 years has been the fastest growing age segment online with user growth being contributed by the both male and female segments. The top 5 popular categories accessed online are social networking, portal, search, entertainment and new sites, according to the report.
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