Beyond the Numbers

PRICES & SPENDING   •  Aug 2014  •  Volume 3 / Number 18

Trends in producer prices between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retail trade establishments

Trends in producer prices between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retail trade establishments

Electronic retailing, or e-commerce, is becoming an increasingly important activity within the U.S. economy. As a component of the retail trade index within the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index (PPI) program, the electronic retailing index measures changes in margins received by retailers who conduct sales transactions online.

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