Top goods sold in retail stores in 2008

Rank Category Dollars Sold
(in Billions)
1 Bread and Baked Goods $18.3
2 Carbonated Beverages $18.2
3 Fresh Produce $16.5
4 Milk, Cream, Eggnog, Shakes & Drinks $16.3
5 Paper Products $14.8
6 Snacks $14.6
7 Packaged Meat-Refrigerated $13.2
8 Cheese $13.1
9 Prepared Foods-Frozen $11.3
10 Pet Food $10.9
Source: Nielsen

Where online shoppers live in the US

Rank Market % of Adults who spent
$500 + online the past year
1 Washington, D.C. DMA 39
2 San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose DMA 35
3 Seattle/Tacoma DMA 34
4 Honolulu DMA 33
5 Phoenix DMA 32
6 Boston DMA 32
7 San Diego DMA 32
8 Austin DMA 31
9 Baltimore DMA 31
10 Denver DMA 31
National Average 25
Source: Nielsen

Top-selling fiction books in 2008

Rank Title Author Format Publisher Publication Date
1 The Shack William P. Young Trade Paperback Hachette Book Group 7/1/2008
2 The Appeal John Grisham Hardcover Random House 1/1/2008
3 The Host Stephenie Meyer Hardcover Hachette Book Group 5/1/2008
4 The Friday NightKnitting Club Kate Jacobs Trade Paperback Penguin Books 1/1/2008
5 Water for Elephants Sara Gruen Trade Paperback Workman Publishing 5/1/2007
6 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Trade Paperback Penguin Books 1/1/2003
7 Playing for Pizza John Grisham Mass Market Paperback Random House 7/1/2008
8 Fearless Fourteen Janet Evanovich Hardcover MacMillan 6/1/2008
9 The Lucky One Nicholas Sparks Hardcover Hachette Book Group 9/1/2008
9 7th Heaven James Patterson Hardcover Hachette Book Group 2/1/2008
Source: Nielsen

Top-selling books in 2008

Rank Title Author Format Publisher Publication Date
1 A New Earth Eckhart Tolle Trade Paperback Penguin Books 2/1/2008
2 The Last Lecture Randy Pausch Hardcover Hyperion 4/1/2008
3 Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert Trade Paperback Penguin Books 2/1/2007
4 Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson Trade Paperback Penguin Books 2/1/2007
5 The Secret Rhonda Byrne Hardcover Simon & Schuster 11/1/2006
6 Eat This Not That! David Zinczenko Trade Paperback MacMillan 1/1/2008
7 The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama Trade Paperback Random House 11/1/2007
8 Skinny Bitch Kim Barnouin Trade Paperback Pereus Books 1/1/2006
9 Dreams from My Father Barack Obama Trade Paperback Random House 8/1/2004
10 The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle Trade Paperback PGW TR 8/1/2004
Source: Nielsen

15% of music sold worldwide in 2007 was digital

In 2007, online music distribution represented about 23% of revenue in the US, and about 15% worldwide. As a percentage of total revenue in the US market, physical media (CDs, LPs, DVD-A and so on) have gone from 91% of revenue in 2005 to 77% in 2007. There is also evidence that physical retailers are even reducing the physical floor space dedicated to CDs. Enabling the transition away from retail music CDs toward online distribution is now in sight, given that 77% of U.S. households (a total of 96 mln connections) will have broadband connections by 2012, Gartner reports.

Top audio books in 2008

Rank Title Author Publisher Publication Date
1 A New Earth Eckhart Tolle Penguin Books 2/1/2008
2 The Secret Rhonda Byrne Simon & Schuster 11/1/2006
3 The Last Lecture Randy Pausch Hyperion 4/1/2008
4 Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving … Joel Osteen Simon & Schuster 10/1/2007
5 The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama Random House 11/1/2007
6 The Appeal (unabridged) John Grisham Random House 1/1/2008
7 When You Are Engulfed in Flames David Sedaris Hachette Book Group 6/1/2008
8 Twilight Stephenie Meyer Random House 10/1/2005
9 The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle PGW TR 10/1/2001
10 The Shack William P. Young Oasis 6/1/2008
Source: Nielsen

Plans for 2008 holiday shopping season

Percent of Respondents
General Shopping
Buying fewer gifts 47 %
Buying less expensive gifts 46 %
Using coupons I receive from my newspaper or via mail 37 %
Spending more time searching for deals in stores 32 %
Shopping early in the season to take advantage of sales and or discounts 22 %
Shopping later in the season to take advantage of price reductions 19 %
Online Shopping
Shopping online to take advantage of free shipping, no tax, etc. 39 %
Spending more time researching deals online 37 %
Using online coupons or coupons I receive via email 31 %
Using comparison shopping engines to find the best deals 25 %
Shop online auction sites 21 %
Shop online classifieds 8 %
Using deal of the day sites 8 %
Source: comScore

Top UK retail sites in November 2008

U.K. % Change in
Average Weekly
Visitors Versus
2008 Base Period
Average
% Change in
Average Weekly
Visitors Versus
Corresponding
Weeks Last Year
Retail 10% -10%
eBay 9% -20%
Amazon Sites 28% -21%
Apple Inc. 8% -8%
Home Retail Group 49% -16%
Tesco Stores 21% -28%
Source: comScore