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Europe B2C E-Commerce Report 2012

A woman shields a baby as a soldier stands guard inside the Westgate Mall on Saturday, September 21. A rescue worker helps a child outside the mall. People who had been hiding inside the mall during the gunfire flee the scene. An armed official takes a shooting position inside the mall. An armed official crouches on September 21. Bodies lie on the ground inside the mall. Men help a wounded woman outside the mall. Officials carry an injured man in the mall. Soldiers move up stairs inside the Westgate Mall. Armed police leave after entering the mall. At least one suspect has been killed, a government official said. Police have said another suspected gunman has been detained at a Nairobi hospital. Armed police take cover behind escalators as smoke fills the air.

Europe’s bison, beavers and bears bounce back

many more species will surely follow.” The report was compiled by the Zoological Society of London, BirdLife International and the European Bird Census Council, with contributions from scientists from around Europe. Europe has a total of 219 land mammal and 530 bird types. The European bison has recovered to a population of almost 3,000 after going extinct in the wild in the 1900s, said a statement on the report. A brown bear yawns at the Dancing Bears Reserve near the town of Belitsa in Bulgaria’s Rila mountain Decimated by hunters and the loss of their habitat, the bison bounced back thanks to a large-scale breeding programme of the last survivors in captivity, whose offspring were reintroduced to the wild in areas of central and eastern Europe. The White-tailed eagle has also seen a reversal in its fortunes, the statement said — its numbers soared from fewer than 2,500 pairs in 1970 to 9,600 pairs by 2010. Many of Europe’s species reached an all-time low in the 1950s and 1960s following a long history of indiscriminate hunting, poaching and poisoning, as well as habitat loss to agriculture, grazing, pollution and logging. While hailing the outcome of conservation efforts for some species, the report warns that biodiversity as a whole remained on a downward slide. “Wildlife resurgence has to be assessed cautiously,” it said. “Although species have come back, many are still below historical abundance levels and have not yet reached the level necessary to secure viable long-term populations.” Many others are still declining. Overall, fish, reptile, mammal and bird populations have shrunk by about 30 percent globally since 1970, according to the report. Mammal populations dropped by 25 percent on average and birds by eight percent. Over the same period, the human population doubled to reach seven billion in 2011.

In January 2012, Swiss residents conducted most of their online purchases from the product categories “travel and hotels” and “books and magazines”. Travel and Accommodation are popular Online Purchases in Western Europe In Great Britain, the growing popularity of B2C E-Commerce is expected to force a considerable number of traditional retailers to close their businesses. In 2011, especially “fashion and sporting goods” and “travel and holiday accommodation” were frequently ordered online. In May 2012, the leading online retailers in terms of unique visitor numbers were Amazon.co.uk, Argos.co.uk and Tesco.com. In French B2C E-Commerce, in January 2012, just below 100 Euro were spent on average per online order. In 2011, the highest online revenues were generated by travel website Voyage-sncf.com, followed by the online shop of mail-order company 3 Suisses. In 2011, holiday accommodation was the most frequently purchased online product category in Italy and Spain. Online revenues continue to grow in the Netherlands, even if at a slower rate than in previous years. Between 2010 and 2011, online revenues from products grew more than online revenues from services. In 2011, the online shopper rate in Portugal was slightly higher in the male than the female population and overall the age group of 25 to 34 had the highest online shopper penetration rate. Group Shopping and Coupon Websites continue to increase in Popularity in Eastern Europe In 2011, the increasing number of Internet users in Russia was one of the main reasons for the growth of B2C E-Commerce there, which rose by nearly a third compared to 2010. The highest online revenue figures were recorded in the categories “consumer electronics and household appliances” and “computers”.