Just came across this interesting article on eMarketer which shows how eCommerce, seems to be benefiting from the current economic climate some countries are experiencing:
Depending on your perspective, online sales are up either despite or because of the economic slowdown. With gas prices continuing to climb, a growing number of shoppers are deciding to skip car trips to the mall in favor of online merchants.
Even as many brick-and-mortar stores are struggling, 11% of US consumers surveyed by Nielsen in June 2008 said they were shopping more on the Web as a result of gas prices.
More on this can be found here...