India ecommerce story strong, to hit $35 bn by 2019: Nomura

According to Nomura, the festive sale season kicked off with a bang for Indian ecommerce players, but still is lower in comparison with China and the US.

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China has over taken the US to become the world's largest online retail market as its E-commerce revenues grossed USD 439 million last year constituting 7 per cent of its GDP, according to a new report. (Picture for representation only)

Indian ecommerce sector’s growth looks strong and is expected to reach $35 billion by 2019, says a report.

“The growth of India ecommerce remains strong, tracking our expectations of reaching $35 billion by 2019,” Nomura said in a research report.

The report, however, noted that the focus needs to move towards the roadmap to profitability, where “some progress is visible but a lot is still in the works”.

It further said that there are areas where significant progress needs to be made and that include diversification of categories, less discounting, improved logistics and benign legislation like GST. On these fronts, there are “still works in progress and remain big areas of investment”, the report said.

According to Nomura, the festive sale season kicked off with a bang for Indian ecommerce players, but still is lower in comparison with China and the US.

In China, Alibaba during its ‘Singles Day’ on November 11, 2014 sold goods worth $9 billion, while in the US, during Cyber Monday (Monday after Thanksgiving) and Black Friday, sales of around $3 billion each were recorded in 2014.

In comparison, the quarterly expectations for India’s holiday sales are closer to $4 billion.

Typically the festive season (October to December) accounts for about 35-40 per cent of annual sales for the ecommerce firms.

According to Technopak, ecommerce in India recorded around $7 billion in annual sales in FY15, and is expected to generate about $10 billion in FY16, leading to sales expectations of around $4 billion for the ecommerce firms this festive season.

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