Irish E-Commerce Study: Online Retail Revenue Increases By 25 Per Cent

Ecommerce Stats Ireland

You may have seen my face in the Sunday Business Post a few weeks ago. The Sunday Business Post reported on an interesting piece of research we conducted among retail businesses in Ireland.

I’d like to take this opportunity to divulge some of the more in-depth findings from the study.

Irish ecommerce stats


We analysed online revenue figures from 20 Irish websites with E-Commerce functionality over a 2 year period 2012-2013.

The industries represented were retail, travel  & charity.

The websites generated over €70 million in revenue in 2013; this represents a 1.8% sample of the estimated €4 billion e-commerce market in Ireland.

The profile of the websites revenue:        No. of websites:      % of websites

Under .5 million



0.5-2 million



over 2 million



Irish eComm StatsContributors included:

The Kilkenny Shop



Sun Search Holidays

Surf Holidays

We averaged growth/decline across the websites rather than aggregate turnover. This means the websites with larger revenue don’t skew the stats.

Key Findings:


YOY average Revenue grew by 17% in 2013 compared to 2012



YOY Average Retail revenue grew by 25%

Q4’13 v Q4’12 revenue grew by 42%


Compared to general economy:

ESRI expect 2% growth for the Irish Economy

The Dept of Finance 1% growth for Irish Economy

If you take the midpoint of 1.5%, the online economy in Ireland is growing 11 times faster than the general Irish economy


Compared to general retail market:

Retail Excellence Ireland claim Christmas spend down 1.56% on 2012.

Deloitte claim Christmas retail spend in Ireland was down 1.7%.

Retail e-commerce is growing by a mosterous 42% in a declining market


My opinion:

Pent-up demand from Irish consumers eager to buy from the Irish brands they have grown up with is a key contributor to the aggressive 42% growth in Q4 YOY retail revenue. Prior to 2013 there was very little if anything that could be bought online from iconic Irish retail brands such as Brown Thomas, Easons and Dunnes Stores. Irish retailers are now investing in meeting the growing online demand for their products.


A few quotes from people in the know:

“Online has become increasingly important for The Kilkenny Group, we will continue to invest in growing our online presence in the Irish market.  However, we do see online as complimentary to our 13 stores nationwide and not as a replacement”

Greg O’Gorman, Marketing Manager, The Kilkenny Group


“The Christmas trading period exceeded our expectations with sales up 29.5% year on year. Much of this growth was driven by key USP’s such as the introduction of free shipping, a revised, more competitive pricing strategy and flexible payment options. These USP’s were promoted by a comprehensive marketing plan which included a very strong digital element.”

Rossa Butler, Digital Marketing Manager, Littlewoods Ireland

  1. This confirms the trend of on-line sales growing at a very fast rate.
    It’s great to see Irish companies like the Kilkenny Shop doing so well.

    Interesting to read the ‘pent-up’ demand of Irish shoppers to buy Irish goods.

  2. Thanks for your comment Neil!


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