E-commerce continues to flourish in France in 2021

France’s online sales and services continued to grow in 2021, up 15.1 percent from 2020 to more than 129 billion euros, the Federation for E-commerce and Remote Sales (Fevad) announced in early February, AFP reported.Fevad’s statistics include online services, a large portion of which cover transportation, travel and entertainment.Online services grew rapidly, up 44 percent, as they were hit hard by repeated quarantine restrictions in 2020.In addition, online shopping also continued to grow, growing by 7% in 2021 after growing by 42% in 2020 compared to 2019.E-commerce accounted for 14.1 percent of retail sales, up from 13.4 percent in 2020 and 9.8 percent in 2019.France’s retail sector is worth about 500 billion euros, with online sales of 66.7 billion euros.According to Fevad, more than 2.1 billion transactions were made for online sales in 2022, up 16 percent from 2020, with an average value of 60 euros per transaction.In a survey included in Fevad’s annual report, which ranked the top 20 French websites and business apps, Amazon topped the list, with nearly 37 million people visiting the site once a month.Leboncoin.fr is next with 27 million monthly users, followed by Cdiscount with 23 million.It was followed by Fnac, Vinted, Carrefour, E.Leclerc, AliExpress, Booking and Lidl.The survey also showed that nearly 47 million Internet users, or 74 percent of the French population, visit one of the top 20 websites or use one of the apps at least once a month.The survey was conducted between January 6-12 and surveyed 1,002 online shoppers aged 15 and older.The survey only looked at visits to websites, not actual purchases.(Editing: Xia Yu)

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