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News Release

Actinic Q1 2011 Survey of UK SME Online Retailers Shows Overall Growth

...But Sales Shrink in February & March
Released: 18th April 2011
Publisher: Actinic

Graph image available at www.actinic.co.uk/images/stories/press_images/SME_Online_sales_2011_2010_Q1.jpg

West Byfleet, Surrey -- 18 April 2011 -- The fourth quarterly UK online sales survey conducted by ecommerce specialist Actinic (www.actinic.co.uk) has reported an average 9% increase in sales revenue in the three months to 31 March 2011 when compared to the same quarter in 2010. However, the sales for individual months reveal another trend, with January showing a 20% rise versus February and March at 4% growth.

In addition, the latest Actinic survey of small and medium businesses selling online shows the quantity of orders processed by each e-tailer increased by 12% on average in the first quarter over the same period in 2010. Notably respondents also reported their average shopping cart value decreasing by over 3% during the period from £71.17 in the first quarter 2010 to £68.82 in the first quarter 2011, indicating shoppers are becoming more restrained in their spending.

If the two sets of figures are compared by month from 2010 to 2011 a very different picture emerges. January was very strong with a 20% increase in sales and 17% increase in orders processed, in contrast to February and March which both saw only a 4% increase in sales and 10% growth in the number of orders.

Nick Kington, managing director at Actinic comments, “The quarter started very strongly, perhaps as a bounce back following the difficulties experienced due to the weather in December 2010. However in February and March there were signs that consumers might be starting to rein in their spending. With the government cutbacks starting in earnest and the possibility of an increase in interest rates the outlook for the second quarter of 2011 is looking less optimistic. But internet shopping still seems to be more resilient than the high street given that the British Retail Consortium reported a 1.9% decrease in sales this March.”

Contacts:

Simon Armstrong
marketing manager, Actinic.
0845 129 4800

Actinic PR:
Jane Lee
www.dexterity.co.uk
01273 470199
actinic@dexterity.co.uk

About Actinic:
Founded in 1996, Actinic (www.actinic.co.uk) is a British company specialising in helping small and medium retailers trade, both online and offline, using its ecommerce and electronic point of sale (EPOS) packages.

Actinic offers ecommerce products for web designers and self-builders, including both web-based and desktop solutions. The range includes Actinic Enterprise, Actinic Business, Actinic Catalog, Actinic Express and Actinic Designer. Actinic powers more UK ecommerce sites than any other company. 

Actinic EPOS systems give a comprehensive feature set that is straightforward to operate at great value. The range extends from a low cost, single till installation for the smaller store, to integrated multi-till and multi-site systems with head office functionality for centralised product, stock and price updating and reporting.

Trademarks: Actinic, Actinic Catalog, Actinic Business, Actinic Express and Actinic Designer are registered trademarks of Actinic Software Limited.

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