May 18, 2001, 12:00 AM

Online spending reaches $4.3 billion in April, Forrester reports

Online spending in April was 30% higher than it was in April 2000 and 23% higher than in March. Each shopper in April spent $10 more on average than in March.

Kurt Peters

Executive Editor

Consumers spent $4.3 billion online in April, according to the Forrester Online Retail Index, the 16th survey in a monthly series conducted by Forrester Research Inc. and Greenfield Online. In March, online spending totaled $3.5 billion, for growth of 23% in April. Online spending in April 2000 totaled $3.3 billion. The figures are based on a survey of 5,000 consumers in the first nine days of the following month.

Consumers spent an average of $273 per person in April, compared with $263 in March. The survey includes purchases of travel services and event tickets.



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