Online health & beauty retailer Feelunique.com recorded an excellent 50 per cent year-on-year growth in sales over the key Christmas trading period, it was announced today.
During the three-month period between October 1st and December 31st 2010, the e-tailer made a total of £5.3 million in sales, compared to £3.5 million during the same period in 2009.
The Jersey based company received 180,000 orders on its website during the quarter, an increase of 70,000 compared to the previous year.
Many online retailers experienced delivery disruptions due to the heavy snow at the beginning of December but despite this Feelunique.com still managed to achieve its best quarter for trading since its inception in 2005.
Aaron Chatterley, CEO of Feelunique.com, said: “Every company that relies upon postal services in the UK was hit by the freezing weather conditions that deterred some customers from ordering from online retailers.
“However, despite this, I am pleased to announce that we recorded another record quarter of sales during this key trading period.”
Trading for the quarter was in line with expectations and the e-tailer expects sales for it full financial year to total £20 million, in comparison to £11 million in 2009.
With health & beauty representing only two per cent of the online retail market at present, according to data from research company Mintel, there is plenty of room for further growth.
A report last month from market research firm NPD Group showed expansion in the beauty products market is occurring across Europe, and that the prestige beauty market in the UK grew 8.8 per cent between January and September 2010.
Chatterley added: “Although we have grown rapidly over the last five years, all the evidence points strongly to the fact that the market for online beauty products is still expanding rapidly.
“Our strong brand presence means we are well positioned to take advantage of that trend.”