The Top 500: Gauging Impressive Growth
in the Transformation of the U.S. Retail Economy

In the 11 years that we've been publishing the Top 500 Guide®, one fact has been irrefutable and constant: Online retailing has been rapidly pacing store-based retailing and the Top 500 e-retailers stand at the vanguard of this massive shift in the U.S. retailing economy. While total retail sales in the U.S. grew 3.67% to $3 trillion in 2013, according to the Commerce Department, the growth rate in total online retailing sales turned out to be at least four times greater: $263.3 billion in 2013.

The Big Retail Picture: 2013 vs. 2012

 

2013 sales

2012 sales

Growth
Rate

2013 Share
of Total Retail

2012 Share
of Total Retail

Total Retail

$3,070,604,000,000

$2,961,874,000,000

3.67%

100.00%

100.00%

Total E-Commerce

$263,330,000,000

$225,313,000,000

16.87%

8.58%

7.30%

Other Non-Store Excluding E-Commerce

$149,108,000,000

$144,061,000,000

3.50%

4.86%

6.95%

Top 500

$255,605,214,327

$218,255,884,649

17.11%

8.32%

7.01%



Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce, Internet Retailer.

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Top 500 Facts
16.9%

Growth rate in 2013 U.S. e-commerce sales

17.1%

How much the Top 500 grew in 2013

250%

2013 e-commerce growth rate for NoMoreRack.com

20.3%

Amazon’s 2013 growth rate

Key Features

  • Sales Figures2013 web sales of the 500 largest U.S. e-retailers

  • Thorough Analysis263 total metrics per profiled e-retailer: financial, operations, performance and others

  • Comprehensive ScopeFeature articles spotlight all Top 500 trends

  • Industry Contacts2,272 online retailing executives

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