e-Commerce Market Analytics

The eCommerce market in France

France is the seventh largest market for eCommerce with a revenue of US$66.9 billion in 2021, placing it ahead of India and behind South Korea.

With an increase of 14%, the French eCommerce market contributed to the worldwide growth rate of 15% in 2021. Just like in France, global eCommerce sales are expected to increase over the next years. As new markets are emerging, global growth will continue over the next years. This development will be propelled by East and Southeast Asia with their growing middle class and their lagging offline infrastructure.

With a yearly growth rate of 5% between 2021 and 2025, France is expected to grow at a slower rate than the global average of 6%.

The eCommerce market in France

Top online stores

The biggest player in the French eCommerce market is amazon.fr. The store had a revenue of US$5.9 billion in 2021. amazon.fr is followed by cdiscount.com and veepee.fr as the second- and third largest stores with US$2.4 billion and US$2.3 billion, respectively. Altogether, the top three stores account for 15% of online revenue in France.

Store rankings include every store that generates revenue in France. These stores can either have a national focus and only sell in their main country or operate on a global scale. For this evaluation, only revenue created in France was considered.

One of the fastest-growing stores in the French market is maxizoo.fr. The store achieved online net sales of about US$32.8 million in 2021. Its revenue growth amounted to 255% in the previous year.

More information on the top 500 online stores in France can be found in our ecommerceDB Country Report.

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Top online eCommerce stores in France by eCommerce net sales 2021 in million US$

# Store
1. amazon.fr
2. cdiscount.com
3. veepee.fr
4. auchan.fr
5. shein.com

The eCommerce market in France

Market size and growth rate

Revenue in 2021
CAGR 2021-2025
Digital Market Outlook by Statista

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The eCommerce market in France is expected to increase over the next few years, as indicated by the Statista Digital Market Outlook. It has been predicted that the compound annual growth rate for the next four years (CAGR 21-25) will be 5%. Compared to the year-over-year growth of 14% between 2020 and 2021, this decrease in yearly growth suggests a moderately flooded market. An other indicator of market saturation is the online penetration of 69% in France; in other words, 69% of the French population have bought at least one product online in 2021.

Five categories are considered by ecommerceDB. Fashion is the largest segment in France and accounts for 29% of the eCommerce revenue in France. It is followed by Toys, Hobby & DIY with 21%, Electronics & Media with 20%, Furniture & Appliances with 16%, and Food & Personal Care with the remaining 14%.

The eCommerce market in France

Top shipping service providers

In France, La Poste is the most frequently offered delivery service provider among online stores. Of those stores indicating which service they use to transport their goods, 68% cited La Poste as one of their providers. Moreover, chronopost and Mondial Relay are among the top three shipping service companies offered by online retailers in France, at rates of 38% and 29%.

Shipping information is based on orders from the store's main country, which is defined as the one where the store generates most of its online revenue. As a result, only stores that generate more net sales in France than in any other country are taken into account. Furthermore, only stores that provide information about their shipping providers can be considered.

Competitor analysis of shipping service providers in France

# Shipping service provider
1. La Poste
2. chronopost
3. Mondial Relay