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1998 Mail Order Sales Results

The National Mail Order Association in association with Marketing Logistics Inc. is proud to offer you this invaluable report full of exclusive industry research designed to boost your marketing results.

As reported in the 1998 Guide To Mail Order Sales, published by Marketing Logistics Inc. March 8, 1999

  • U.S. mail order sales in 1998 were $357.3 billion.
  • 1998 mail order sales represented an increase over 1997 of 12%. Adjusting for the inflation rate of 1.5%, the growth rate was 10%.
  • Consumer mail order sales were at $185.0 billion, and accounted for 52% of the total.
  • Business-to-Business mail order was at $104.0 billion, accounting for 29% of the total.
  • Charitable was at $68.2 billion accounting for 19% of the total.
  • Consumer mail order sales were divided between product sales at $109.0 billion and services sales at $76.1 billion.
  • Per capita consumer mail order sales were $685 over a population of 270 million.
  • 1998 was the year of confirmation for the Internet as a significant channel for mail order sales. It is estimated that the Internet accounted for $5.6 billion in consumer mail order sales, $9.5 billion in business/industrial mail order sales. Major product categories for Internet sales were: computer products, Books, recorded music, gifts, financial services, general merchandise, travel services, and industrial electronics.
  • This information is from the just published 1999 Guide To Mail Order Sales, the 18th edition since 1981. The Guide, a 1,200 page, 3 volume review of the worldwide mail order marketplace, is published by Marketing Logistics Inc. and brought to you by the NMOA.

 

TOTAL U.S.: MAIL ORDER SALES AND CONTRIBUTIONS 1998

% of % of
Consumer:

Amount
($ Million)

Consumer

Mail Order Total

Per Capita

GNP

Retail Sales

*General Merchandise Sales Consumer Services

Products
Specialty
General Merch.

Services
Non-Financial
Financial
      TOTAL

$108,910
90,810
18,100

76,080
39,840
36,240
184,990

59
49
10

41
22
20
100

30
25
5

21
11
10
52

$403
336
67

282
148
134
685

1.2
1.0
0.2

0.8
0.4
0.4
2.1

4.0
3.3
0.6

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** 11.5
**  9.6
1.9

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2.2
1.1
1.0
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Business:
Products &
  Services

104,020

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29

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Charitable Contributions
    Mail Order Total


68,230
357,240


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19
100


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U.S. Population

270

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Gross National Product

8,509,000

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Total Aggregate Sales

17,590,000

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Retail Sales

2,696,000

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*General Merchandising and Specialty Sales

923,800

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Consumer Services

3,421,000

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* General merchandising, apparel, drug, liquor, building materials, hardware, garden supply, mobile home, furniture, home furnishings and equipment
** Excludes mail order food (food not part of denominator)

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This page was updated on March 27, 1999
Copyrightę 1999 National Mail Order Association, LLC