Top 25 U.S. Web Properties Generate More Traffic from Outside the U.S.
ComScore pegs the current U.S. Web population at 152 million, or 21% of the 726 million users worldwide, down from 65% of all online users a decade ago.
According to the Gartner survey, approximately 109 million U.S. adults have received Phishing e-mail attacks in 2006, up from 57 million in 2004. The average loss per victim has grown to $1,244 per victim in 2006 from $257 in 2004. The average amount of money consumers recovered from Phishing attacks in 2005 was 80%, but in 2006, recovery amounts dropped to 54%.
The market share of visits to Facebook were up 16.4% from September to October 2006, driven by its opening up of the site to non-school users. Visits to YouTube were up 7.8%, GaiaOnline and Orkut were each up 5%, and Photobucket was up 3.1% in the same period.
Confidence among U.S. consumers stayed close to the highest level in 15 months in November, supported by cheap gasoline and an expanding labor market, with the lowest unemployment rate in five years.
In September 2006, the goods and services deficit was down $0.7 billion from September 2005. Exports were up $16.8 billion, or 15.8%, and imports were up $16.2 billion, or 9.4% from 2005.
MasterCard Wins Admission To Sam's Club: Visa-branded cards represented 55% of the $1.77 trillion in electronic consumer transactions last year compared with nearly 29% at MasterCard, according to the Nilson Report. Discover has a 4.7% share of the same market. Sam's Club logged U.S. sales of nearly $10.5 billion from its 488 clubs for its second quarter ended July 31. Sam's club has 47 million customers who pay annual dues of $35 to shop at the club.