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Rakuten buys cash back shopping sitre eBates for $1bn

Japanese internet giant Rakuten has bought Ebates, provider of the largest cash-back shopping web site in North America.

10/09/2014  |  Full story...

5 global retail trends for 2014: Content shopping and hyper-targeting on the rise

Retailers must offer a richer, more personal shopping experience online and on the high street to drive sales in the New Year, according to new research.

05/12/2013  |  Full story...

Two-thirds of Brits ‘have bought clothes on the web’

A fifth (20%) of Brits now buy more items online than they do in store, while a further 18% buy the same amount on the web as they do offline, according to new research.

03/09/2013  |  Full story...

Is showrooming the future of the high street?

One in four retailers now expect physical stores to become more like showrooms in the future, where consumers can sample products instore to buy online, according to new research.

17/04/2013  |  Full story...

Global social shopping trends: Third of Brits ‘recommend products via social media’

UK confidence in social shopping is up 11%, with a third of Brits confessing they’ve recommended a product on social media, according to a new study.

01/03/2013  |  Full story...

The price of love: Brits ‘spend £119 on their Valentine’ (Infographic)

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, this infographic from Rakuten looks at the global online shopping trends for the most romantic day of the year- revealing that Asians spend the most, Germans spend the least and Americans spend £231m a year on presents for their pets…

11/02/2013  |  Full story... shuts online retail arm after UK tax loophole closed

Online music and computer game seller is to close down its direct retail business and shift to an online marketplace from spring 2013. The move will make more than 200 staff redundant, including 67 workers from its Cambridge and Bristol bases and 147 in Jersey. It says it has been forced to take the step due to the ending of Low Value Consignment Relief, a scheme which allowed items less than £15 to be sold to the UK free of VAT from the Channel Islands.

10/01/2013  |  Full story...

Ecommerce trends in 2012: The 10 biggest headlines of the year

Shopping went social in 2012, with online retailers integrating 'Likes' and 'Pin It' buttons to boost sharing and purchases. In the UK, Christmas 2012 is on track to be another record-breaker for online retail, while in the US, $1.46bn was spent on cyber monday this year alone. As part of a 2012 review, Netimperative looks back at the 10 most popular ecommerce news stories and trends of the year.

14/12/2012  |  Full story...

Cyber Monday: The rise of online Christmas shopping (infographic)

Global ecommerce platform Rakuten and owners of explores the rise of online Christmas shopping in visual form. Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day in the lead up to Christmas, is well documented across the pond, but is also a growing trend in the UK.

04/12/2012  |  Full story...

Rakuten buys logistics firm to boost delivery owners Rakuten has bought French e-commerce logistics business, Alpha Direct Services, as the Japanese retail giant looks to bolster its European operations. The acquisition marks Rakuten’s first logistics investment outside of Japan and is set to provide business synergies for its global e-commerce marketplaces, in particular Rakuten’s European business including PriceMinister in France.

07/11/2012  |  Full story...

Top 50 online retailers in the UK- Olympics boosts travel sites

Amazon remained top of the UK online shops during August, followed by Apple and Argos, while the Olympics boosted visits to travel sites, according to new research. The findings, from the IMRG-Experian Hitwise Hot Shops List, indicate that London 2012 Tickets was the fastest moving retailer this quarter as consumers flocked online for precious Olympics tickets. On the Beach entered the top 50 for the first time this quarter, joining 10 other travel brands who all rose in the rankings of the Hot Shops List with the exception of easyJet, which retained its previous position.

03/09/2012  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence August 2012

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence August 2012

What's a 'like' really worth? About 24% more than non-fans, according to With Facebook under pressure to turn clicks into cash, Play's data certainly help Zuckerberg make his case that 'likes' equal high-value customers.

It's been another tough month for the Facebook founder, with an Australian judge ruling that fan comments are now ads, while plans to run newsfeed ads for non-fans met further user grumbles. News that nearly 9% of Facebook profiles 'could be fake' also set alarm bells ringing with advertisers.

The challenge of preserving user's privacy in an increasingly commercial Internet space reared its head again this month. Google was whacked with a record fine for misrepresenting their use of Safari users' data, Facebook had its knuckles wrapped by a judge for using personal photos in ads, and Microsoft caused a stir with advertisers by setting 'Do Not Track' to default in their latest version of IE.

Also this month:
- Mobile: Paypal tests McDonalds mobile payments
- Social: Pinterest opens registration, the top 20 Twitter countries, and a review of the first 'social Olympics'
- Video: YouTube is removed from Apple devices
- Search: How search keyphrases are getting longer and SEO tips from Google on 5 biggest mistakes in SEO

Key data this month reveals that search keyphrases are getting longer, the Top 20 Twitter countries and a look back at how brands fared in the 'social Olympics'. As a bonus, we've also got SEO tips from Google on 5 biggest mistakes in SEO (and 6 good ideas!).

Read August 2012

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How much is a like worth? Facebook fans ‘spend 24% more’

Online retailer has claimed that its Facebook fans are worth 24% more in direct sales than non-fans. The announcement comes amid growing questions from brand managers across the world seeking to quantify the elusive “value of a like” on Facebook. The online retailer, which is owned by Japanese digital firm Rakuten, also claims that it can directly attribute £2m worth of sales to Facebook in 2011. Direct sales through the social network have increased 80% in the past year.

22/08/2012  |  Full story...

Global ecommerce trends- How online shopping varies around the world

Brits, Americans and Germans beat Monday blues with e-tail therapy; Brazilians most likely to shop online at work, while the French soothe stresses of childcare with some internet shopping, according to new research looking into online shopping trends around the world. Online retailer Rakuten used data mined from traffic and sales through its global online marketplaces (including in the UK), to look at how local differences shape the online shopping habits of consumers across the globe.

31/07/2012  |  Full story...

UK online shopping trends- Brits beat Monday blues with e-tail therapy

Online shoppers in the UK are most likely to browse and buy on Monday evenings, but also enjoy boozy late night browsing on Fridays and take less than a minute to make a decision on clothes and books purchases according to new research. The study, from Rakuten’s, looked into Britain’s online shopping and browsing habits, based on data mined from traffic and sales through its website.

20/06/2012  |  Full story...

Pinterest gets $100m funding boost from Rakuten

Social media ‘pinboard’ Pinterest has won $100m (£63m) in funding from Japanese internet retailing giant Rakuten and existing investors. Rakuten, one of the world’s top 10 internet companies, said the money would be used to improve Pinterest's service and expand its user base.

18/05/2012  |  Full story... mulls ‘payment on delivery’ option

Online retailer is considering the introduction of a payment-on-delivery offer for its customers, according to a news report. Retail Week reports that the service is commonplace in Japan, and the site’s new Japanese owners Rakuten are keen to make the first to offer it in the UK. The idea is to attract customers who are uneasy about the notion of paying online.

23/01/2012  |  Full story...

Top 6 online retail trends for 2012

After a year of technical innovations, most notably the emergence and rapid adoption of smartphone and tablet technology, the shopper-seller relationship has changed dramatically. In this article, Rakuten, one of the world’s top 3 E-commerce and Internet service companies by revenue, who recently acquired eBook company Kobo and in the UK, announces its industry predictions for 2012.

12/01/2012  |  Full story... sold to Japanese retail giant Rakuten for £25m

Japanese company Rakuten has bought UK online retail giant for £25m. is one of the largest ecommerce firms in the UK, selling music, books, clothes and electronics to over 14 million registered users. The company said the purchase marked a "significant step" in its continued European and global expansion.


22/09/2011  |  Full story...

Ebay tops shopping results searches for Google UK is the online retail site most likely to feature in shopping results displayed within Google’s UK search engine listings according to a study by search analytics software firm Searchmetrics.

08/08/2011  |  Full story...

Top 50 online retailers in the UK

The London 2012 Ticket site has been the most popular new ecommerce site so far this year, while Tesco overtook Play to become the third most searched-for online retailer in the UK, according to new research from the IMRG and Experian Hitwise. The London 2012 Ticket site ranked 35 for May 2011 as UK internet users applied to see sporting events at next year's Olympic Games. Meanwhile, the fastest climbers year-on-year in the HOT 100 were National Express (up 23 places), Republic (+22), Bhs (+22), House of Fraser (+20), Boots (+18) and Sainsbury's (+17).


24/05/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence April 2011

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence April 2011

As the web swells to take a quarter of all ad spend here in the UK, the mix of online marketing is evolving. In the last two weeks we've been tracking how the use of Facebook engagement ads is exploding, and how online coupons are rising.

Brand strategies are sharpening up as Ford bolsters its online entertainment offers with comedy talent, Twitter plans to launch brand pages, and if kids hangout Habbo is anything to go by then virtual worlds are heading for a genuine second life - but this time with first place for audiences.

Headlines below, full stories at the end of the click, and if you'd like a deep dive briefing on a key theme then let us know what you'd like researched by setting your choices here

Read April 2011

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15/04/2011 plans European expansion?

UK online retailer has reportedly hired investment firm Lazard to investigate opportunities for expansion, with a focus on Europe. According to Bloomberg, the investment firm will explore the possibilities afforded by the sales of a stake in


11/04/2011  |  Full story...

Cyber Sunday: Top Xmas shopping websites in the UK

Top shopping and classified websites on Sunday 5th December 2010.
Cyber Sunday: Top Xmas shopping websites in the UK. Top shopping and classified websites on Sunday 5th December 2010.


Online retailers reveal their big-seller predictions for Xmas

This Christmas is set to be another big success for online retailers, with IMRG estimating that £6.4bn will be spent throughout December. In this article, six of the UK’s biggest online retailers make their predictions for the best-selling gifts during the festive season.


26/11/2010  |  Full story...

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