I. Read the text, translate it and do the exercise.
II. What do you know about online shopping? (20-25 sentences)
Online shopping expected to grow by 35% this year
Consumers are expected to spend 35 per cent more buying a host of items from clothes to CDs online this year, taking total spending for
5 2005 to an estimated £19.6bn, according to the Interactive Media Retail Group. In its first annual report, published today, IMRG said it expected 4m more Britons
10 to shop online this year, taking the total shoppers to 24m, more than half the UK's adult population. The latest figures underline the sharp growth of internet shop-
15 ping in the decade since 1994. While internet shopping accounted for just £300m of retail sales in 1999, by 2004 consumers were spending £14.5bn online, accord-
20 ing to IMRG.
Online shopping is also counteracting sluggish consumer spending on the high street. Household expenditure grew by only 0.2 per
Which sentences are true and which ones are false?
a) In 2000, people in the UK were spending almost five times more online than they were in 1999.
b) People are spending more money, but they are spending less money in the shops.
c) Because many retail chains are not investing in an internet presence, this is opening up a market for online-only businesses.
d) All of the top 100 retailers in the UK are spending a lot of money on online shopping facilities.
e) Ofcom is a business information service like the IMRG.
f) People prefer to buy their electrical goods in the shops.
25 cent in the fourth quarter of 2004. "For a sector to have grown from scratch in ten years with very little investment suggests that the internet's time has come," said
30 James Roper, IMRG chief executive.
The larger retailing groups -Kingfisher, Argos, Dixons, Tesco and Boots - are spending money
35 on developing their internet offering, but many retail chains are not investing in online shopping, which in turn is allowing entrants such as figleaves.com, which sells
40 underwear, and asos.com, the clothing e-shop, to gain a foothold in the market.
In 2004, the IMRG estimated that the top 100 retailers in the UK
45 spent just £100m on their internet presence - and most of this came from a handful of stores. But in spite of the neglect from big retailers, the growing popularity of
50 online shopping looks set to con-
tinue as more people gain access to the internet.
Figures out from 2004 from Ofcom, the communications regu-
55 lator, showed that more than 56 per cent of homes had internet access, with a third of those having a broadband connection. The emergence of mobile commerce
6o technology could also mean that people will be able to shop online from their mobile phones.
IMRG said electrical and clothing goods were experiencing
65 strong growth online, with more than £2bn of electrical goods sold over the internet in 2004. Dixons, the high street electrical retailer, expects its online sales - currently
70 at £170m - to hit £lbn in the next five years. Meanwhile, clothing is another big expansion area, with sales growing 37 per cent to £644m in 2004.