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comScore: E-Commerce Gains But Sequester Slows Momentum

According to market research firm comScore, Inc. retail e-commerce sales generated across the United States in the first quarter grew 13% year-over-year to $50.2 billion, marking the 14th consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and 10th consecutive quarter of double-digit gains. The first frame of this fiscal year was only the second quarterly period to surpass $50 billion in spending, comScore emphasized.

In comments on the online performance, comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni, said, “While the year-over-year growth rate of 13% remained healthy, it was a point or two below that of the preceding quarters. One potential explanation for this mild deceleration is the payroll tax increase, which went into effect in 2013 and which removed some disposal income from Americans’ wallets. That said, as long as job growth continues and consumer sentiment remains positive, the outlook for e-commerce in 2013 remains bright. However, one wild card is the possible enactment of legislation requiring state sales taxes to be collected on every e-commerce transaction— which would reduce the Internet’s traditional price advantage and possibly dilute the channel’s growth rate.”