Shopping Online: More Revenue From Clothes And Shoes Than Computers

Consumers are buying more clothes, shoes, handbags and whatnot online than computers these days, a sign that online retailing has finally arrived. From the NYT:

In 2006, revenue from skirts, suits and shoes reached $18.3 billion, surpassing that from PCs, printers and word-processing programs, which totaled $17.2 billion, according to a report to be released today by a major trade group.

The surging popularity of clothing on the Web defies predictions that fashion — which is hard enough to buy in stores, with the aid of sales clerks and fitting rooms — would be difficult, if not impossible, to translate onto the Internet.

We buy lots of our clothes on the internet, particularly if we already know our size in a particular brand. No lines! —MEGHANN MARCO

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