France's e-commerce sector prospers

France's online market has grown rapidly in recent years. In 2010, e-commerce alone accounted for €31 billion of the €36.2 billion made in France's remote sales. In the first half of 2011, turnover for all e-commerce websites combined reached €17.5 billion, up 20% year-on-year from 2010.

France now has 90,000 retail websites, including 20,000 new sites created in 2010. In the first quarter of 2011, the iCE 40 index (which is made up of the top 40 e-commerce sites in France) showed a year-on-year growth of 11%. The e-commerce sector currently employs almost 60,000 people, directly or indirectly, in France.

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