January 30, 2001, 5:16 PM

Clothing sites, department stores, home sites experience major online growth between Christmas and New Year's

Don Davis

Editor in Chief

Following a down week between Dec. 18 and 24, traffic to leading online retailers rebounded notably during the week between Christmas and New Year's (Dec. 25 to Dec. 31), according to Alexa Research (http://www.alexaresearch.com), a web intelligence and traffic measurement service that is a subsidiary of Amazon.com. Online shoppers turned an estimated 1.86 billion pages at the 50 leading e-commerce sites for the week ending Dec. 31, 2000, making it the third busiest week of the fourth quarter, up from an estimated 1.66 billion the prior week (week ending Dec. 24). The holiday week rebound was particularly strong for clothing retailers, home furnishing, kitchen and bath retailers, and department stores. The 12.1% holiday week gain follows a 17.9% drop between the week ending Dec. 17 and the week ending Dec. 24. With total page views at the top 50 e-commerce sites topping 2 billion, the week ending Dec. 17 was the peak week of the quarter, followed by the week ending Dec. 10 (est. 1.92 billion) and the week ending Dec. 31. Alexa Research's Top Clothing/Apparel Sites (Ranked by Weekly Gain) Alexa E-Commerce Top 50 Rank Gain from WE Est. Pageviews WE 12/31/00 12/24/00 (1000s) 1 JCrew.com +93.5% 15,920 19th 2. Bluefly.com +77.1% 8,969 43rd 3. BananaRepublic.com +69.3% 12,732 28th 4. LLBean.com +47.9% 9.524 40th 5. Gap.com +37.3% 16,414 18th 6. LandsEnd.com +32.8% 11,742 31st 7. OldNavy.com +25.3% 8,729 44th 8. VictoriasSecret.com +24.9% 15,405 21st 9. EddieBauer.com +20.9% 11,585 33rd 10. Nordstrom.com +12.9% 9,891 38th Top 10 Clothing/ Apparel Sites +41.1% 120,912 Alexa Research's Top Department Stores Online (Ranked by Weekly Gain) Gain from WE 12/24/00 Est. Pageviews (1000s) WE 12/31/00 Alexa E-Commerce Top 50 Rank Gain from WE Est. Pageviews WE 12/31/00 12/24/00 (1000s) 1 Sears.com +42.4% 25,833 8th 2. JCPenney.com +42.0% 26,156 7th 3. Bluelight.com/KMart.com +35.6% 15,184 22nd 4. Target.com +34.0% 12,980 27th 5. Walmart.com -11.2% 15,743 20th Top 5 Department Stores +27.4% 95,896

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