These retail areas are growing online, and they're not fashion or electronics

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These retail areas are growing online, and they're not fashion or electronics

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Travel, restaurants and dining, and education are seeing "exponential" growth in online retail compared to this time last year, according to online payment gateway provider eWAY's latest Online Retail Report covering the first quarter of 2015.
 
As Matt Bullock, eWAY's founder and CEO, points out, these are not your typical categories, "going to show it's not just consumer electronics and fashion that is doing well online. Anyone considering opening an online store this year would want to do so in categories experiencing high growth," he said.
 
Computers and related products powered ahead with an 236 percent increase. Alcoholic beverages - up 120 percent - was another strong performer.
 
The Australian dollar's weakness seems to have been a boon for small business exports, with the dollar value of physical purchases sent overseas rising by almost 30 percent.
 
"There is a clear window of opportunity for small businesses to open up their offering to global markets, if they are not already," said Bullock.
 
But if there's any time of day when you want to be absolutely sure that your online store is up and running, that's between 6pm and 9pm when around 20 percent of transactions occur, up from 15 percent during the first quarter of 2014.
 
 
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