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Otto Group Follows Amazon as World’s Second Largest E-Commerce Retailer publishes first ranking of top E-Commerce providers. The international market is dominated by E-Commerce companies from the US. The German Otto Group ranks second place.

Hamburg, Germany, June 22, 2009 --( Amazon’s online sales figures total more than twice the market share of the world’s second and third largest E-Commerce providers. This is the result of a current survey conducted by the research company The survey is based on an analysis of the sales figures of major international E-Commerce providers. The findings have been used to compile the first ranking of the world’s most important E-Commerce providers.

According to the research results, the US company Amazon recorded total sales of around 13.1 billion euros in 2008. The Hamburg-based Otto Group, a trading and services corporation, ranks second place with online sales totaling 5.5 billion euros in the same year. With sales reaching 5.3 billion euros, the US office supplier Staples ranks third worldwide.

The ranking reveals a market dominance of companies from the US. 13 of the top 20 E-Commerce providers are US-based companies, seven are headquartered in Europe. A comparison of current and previous year’s sales figures show that E-Commerce is an expanding sales channel. In 2008 alone, Amazon achieved a sales increase of 29.2 percent. The Otto Group recorded a sales increase of 12.5 percent.

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