ComScore: US Online Retails Sales Shrink in Q2

Online retail spending in the U.S. declined slightly in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, a sign that economic difficulties are still affecting this market, comScore said on Monday.

U.S. consumers spent $30.2 billion on products from online retailers in the second quarter, down 1 percent from the same quarter in 2008. This is only the second time that U.S. online retail spending has shown a quarterly year-on-year decline. Spending stayed flat in the first quarter and fell 3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The fastest growing online retail categories in this year's second quarter were toys and hobbies, up 21 percent from a year earlier; books and magazines, up 17 percent; and video games, consoles and accessories, which were up 15 percent, according to comScore.

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