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E-commerce in Russia is on the rise, tipping the scales in 2017 at €14.2 billion. That makes for an almost 13% increase over the growth seen in 2016. For 2018, e-commerce in the world’s largest country by landmass will show similar growth rates, the forecast being €15.9 billion.

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E-commerce in Germany continued to grow last year, but for smaller online stores, that growth is – increasingly – only being seen by the top online players. The small online players don’t have much of a chance to grow. In a recent EHI study, the 1,000 top-selling online stores in Germany were able to generate revenues worth €42.8 billion. That’s an increase of 8.1% compared to the previous year. So why are the players towards the end of that list showing less growth than in previous years?

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The Internet-savvy consumers in Germany love to shop online. That’s why e-commerce in Germany increased significantly in 2017. From the top 100 online retailers active in Germany, €30.5 billion in sales was generated. If we compare that to 2016, that is an increase of 11.3%. With a turnover of €8.8 billion, Amazon is still in first place.

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With a population of around 83 million inhabitants, German e-commerce was worth €85 billion in 2017. Stationary trade will always be a lucrative channel in Germany, but more and more people are buying online, not to mention using their smartphones, showing that m-commerce is no laughing matter in the central European country.

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E-commerce is showing double-digit growth in Europe – again! Europeans are shopping online more and more. The choice of product and the ease of receiving these products (they’re shipped to your door!) is luring people away from bricks-and-mortar stores like never before. Many of the smart stationary stores have opened their own web stores over the last few years, and some of them are quite good, bolstering the stationary stores’ business.

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For many who imbibe, wine is the drink of choice. Whether red, white, rosé or sparkling, people love to cavort like in the days of old Rome, letting Bacchus take control. Who drinks the most wine? What part of revenues from alcoholic beverages are made up of wine sales? Out of 44 countries in the wine market worldwide, which country consumed the most wine in 2017?

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