Report Collection | Jun 27, 2019

Global Ecommerce 2019


by Karin von Abrams

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Executive Summary

Germany is Western Europe’s second-largest ecommerce market, behind the UK. We forecast that retail ecommerce sales in the country will surpass €69 billion ($81 billion) in 2019, equivalent to nearly 9% of total retail sales.

How much will consumers in Germany spend on ecommerce in 2019?

Ecommerce spending in Germany will reach an estimated €69.37 billion ($81.85 billion) this year, an annual rise of 7.8%. That will represent just 8.8% of all retail sales, though. Total retail sales are expected to be €785.77 billion ($927.19 billion) in 2019.

Which channels are driving retail growth?

Mobile buying is growing more quickly than any other segment, at an estimated annual rate of 12.0% this year. Moreover, there’s still lots of room for mcommerce to expand. In 2019, mobile purchases will account for barely 40% of digital retail sales.

Which product categories are seeing the fastest growth?

According to the retail industry body Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE), sales of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and groceries posted some of the highest growth rates in 2018. Apparel remains the greatest contributor to overall retail ecommerce sales, however.

Will Amazon continue to dominate the ecommerce market?

Yes, to a great extent. Amazon’s position in Germany is extremely strong, thanks to its early entry into the market and widespread takeup of Amazon Prime. But other major players, such as eBay and national giant Otto, are working hard to compete.

WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? This report presents our latest estimates and forecasts for retail, ecommerce and mcommerce sales in Germany, and for digital and mobile buyers in the country. It also examines key trends shaping the ecommerce market.

KEY STAT: Retail ecommerce sales in Germany will account for 8.8% of total retail sales this year. In 2022, that share will pass 10%, as steady growth continues through 2023.

What’s Inside:

Estimates are included for the following areas:

  • Total retail and ecommerce spending
  • Ecommerce by channel
  • Ecommerce by retailer
  • Digital buyer penetration and demographics


Karin von Abrams


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