* 35% - growth in the umber of supermarkets in the UK since 2001
*£6bn - Online spending in the UK in 2004
*£23bn - Online spending in the UK 2010
*£1.3 bn - Level of m-commerce in the UK 2011
*£19bn - predicted level of m-commerce in 2019
* 6.5% fall in number of town centre shops by 2014
The number of empty shops on the UK high street hit an all-time high last month amid a wave of retail failures in the post-Christmas period, according to a survey published today. Town centre vacancy rates rose to an average of 14.6% in February, from 14.5% in January, the Local Data Company (LDC) said, the highest figures since the index started four years ago. This equates to one in nearly seven shops being shut in the UK.
The m-commerce is an odd stat to use. It just means a purchase via a mobile platform, like a phone. I doubt m- and e-commerce are mutually exclusive. Online is online.
However internet sales had a very slow growth in the UK. It took about 15 years to really take off. Partly this was because the number of online users had to grow. And the business had to develop smart, easy to use websites to shop from. And people had to trust that they were going to actually get something sent to them. Even today internet sales only account for about 10-11% of total retail sales. And if you strip out the supermarket's food sales it would fall a few % points I'm sure.
m-commerce won't need to wait as long to ramp up volume. The E-infrastructure is already there. If anything £19bn looks a bit low.