Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.co.uk

December 26, 2006 12:35 ET

Pirates, Penguins and Planet Earth Lead the Way in Amazon.co.uk's Biggest Ever Christmas

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 26, 2006) - Amazon.co.uk received 3/4 million orders on its busiest day this Christmas - a rate of almost nine orders per second - as the UK online retailer enjoyed its biggest Christmas ever.

Amazon.co.uk Christmas 2006 highlights:

- On its busiest day, Amazon.co.uk shipped over 600,000 units in one day - that represents 320 tonnes of goods - a company record

- That meant that a delivery truck was leaving Amazon.co.uk's distribution centres every 8.5 minutes

"Internet retailing has taken another huge step forward this Christmas," said Brian McBride, Managing Director of Amazon.co.uk Ltd. "Online businesses like Amazon.co.uk are creating new levels of competition in retail and the customer is benefiting in terms of lower prices, greater selection and increased convenience."

Amazon.co.uk top selling Christmas 2006 products:

- 'Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest' was the number one DVD and top selling product overall

- Two surprise bestsellers - 'Planet Earth - 5 Disc Box Set' and 'High School Musical' took the second and third spots in DVD respectively and were third and fifth in the overall bestsellers list

- 'Why Don't Penguins feet freeze? And 114 other questions' was the number one book and second highest selling product overall

- 'Now That's What I Call Music 65' narrowly held off 'Beautiful World' by Take That to be the top selling Christmas CD

- In Consumer Electronics, the 'Kingston Technology 1GB Data Traveller USB Flash Pen Drive' sold more than the 30 GB Apple Ipod to take the number one spot

- Dr Who dominated the Toys chart with four appearances in the top ten

"There have been some intriguing patterns in this year's Christmas buying habits," said Brian McBride. "The influence of TV remains strong over a number of categories with Planet Earth, Dr Who and Deal or No Deal, all big Christmas winners."

"The general resurgence of bands is illustrated by the fact that no solo artists appear in the Top Ten selling CD's for the weeks leading up to Christmas. Congratulations to Take That who outsold The Scissor Sisters, Oasis and The Beatles to cap an incredible comeback year for them."

"The books chart is perhaps the most interesting," continued Brian McBride. "With the vast number of celebrity biographies and autobiographies released this Christmas expected to dominate the chart, it is interesting that only Peter Kay appears in the top five - unable to stop 'Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze', 'QI' and the evergreen 'Dangerous Book for Boys' from taking the festive top spots."

The number one book in the Amazon Hot 100 chart on Christmas Day itself was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" - the seventh and final book in the spell-binding series. It claimed the number one spot just hours after customers were offered the opportunity to reserve a copy with the online retailer on Friday 22nd December.

While the price and publication date have not yet been announced, all reservations on Amazon.co.uk will be protected by a pre-order price guarantee, ensuring customers are charged the lowest price offered by Amazon.co.uk during the pre-order period.

Following the success of Christmas, Amazon.co.uk has now unveiled it's "Winter Blowout' promotion, offering massive savings on thousands of products.



TOP 5 CHRISTMAS GIFTS - UK

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (DVD)
2. Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze: And 114 Other Questions (Books)
3. Planet Earth (BBC Series): 5 Disk Box Set (DVD)
4. QI: The Book of General Ignorance (Books)
5. High School Musical (DVD)

-ends-

TOP SELLING PRODUCTS AT CHRISTMAS ON AMAZON.CO.UK

DVDs

1. Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest
2. Planet Earth - 5 Disc Box Set
3. High School Musical (Encore Edition)
4. Cars
5. Deal or No Deal Interactive DVD Game
6. Stormbreaker
7. 24: Series 5
8. The Da Vinci Code (2 Disc Special Edition)
9. Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2 Disc)
10. March of the Penguins


BOOKS

1. Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? And 114 Other Questions
Mick O'Hare
2. QI: The Book of General Ignorance
Stephen Fry
3. The Dangerous Book for Boys
Conn Iggulden
4. The Sound of Laughter
Peter Kay
5. The Boys' Book: How to Be the Best at Everything
Various
6. Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook
Jamie Oliver
7. The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins
8. Planet Earth: A Fresh Look at a Spectacular World
David Attenborough
9. And Another Thing: The World According to Clarkson: v. 2
Jeremy Clarkson
10. The Gospel According to Chris Moyles: The Story of a Man and His Mouth
Chris Moyles


CDs

1. Now That's What I Call Music Vol.65 - Various Artists
2. Beautiful World - Take That
3. Live Lounge - Various Artists
4. Love - The Beatles
5. Ta Dah! - Scissor Sisters
6. Stop The Clocks - Oasis
7. The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits - Girls Aloud
8. Razorlight - Razorlight
9. Siempre - Il Divo
10. Sam's Town - Killers


TOYS

1. 20Q
2. Top Trumps - Doctor Who
3. Deal or No Deal Board Game
4. Bop It Extreme 2
5. Doctor Who Action Figure - Cyberman
6. Original Rubik's Cube
7. Doctor Who - Electronic Sonic Screwdriver
8. Deal or No Deal - Electronic Table Top Game
9. Monopoly Here & Now Electronic Edition
10. Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver LED Torch

SOFTWARE

1. Norton Internet Security 2007 (PC)
2. Mindscape's Brain Trainer (PC)
3. GSP Who Do You Think You Are? Family Tree Maker Deluxe
(New Version) (PC)
4. Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 (PC)
5. Microsoft Office Student & Teacher Edition 2003
6. GSP Family Tree Maker 2006 (Deluxe Edition) (PC)
7. Microsoft Money
8. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI (PC)
9. Driving Test Success All Tests (2006/07 Edition) (PC DVD)
10. Ulead VideoStudio 10 Plus (PC)

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

1. Kingston Technology 1GB DataTraveler USB Flash Pen Drive
2. New Apple iPod - 30GB - Video/Black - (5th Generation)
3. New Apple iPod nano - 2GB - Silver
4. ByteStor 1GB USB 2.0 High Speed Dataferry Flash Drive
5. Kingston Technology 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Pen Drive
6. ByteStor 2GB USB 2.0 High Speed Dataferry Flash Drive
7. ATMT - 7 inch LCD Digital Photo Frame
8. SanDisk Sansa m240 1Gb MP3 Player
9. New Apple iPod nano - 4GB - Pink
10. Compacks DVD6972 Multi-region 2 Channel DVD Player

HOME & GARDEN

1. Panasonic SD253 Breadmaker with Nut Dispenser
2. Braun Tassimo Freshly Brewed Coffee, Cappuccino and Hot Drinks
Machine (silver)
3. Temptations 13523 Single Chocolate Fountain
4. Philips HD7812/50 - Silver Senseo coffee pod machine
5. Philips HD7810/60 Senseo Coffee Machine - Black with Douwe Egberts
6. Philips HR1861 Pro Aluminium Juicer
7. George Foreman 10946 Cafe George grill
8. Panasonic SD252 breadmaker
9. Braun Tassimo Freshly Brewed Coffee, Cappuccino and Hot Drinks
Machine (black)
10. Rival PP25 Popcorn Popper

VIDEOGAMES

1. Gears of War (Xbox 360)
2. Nintendo DS Lite (Black)
3. Super Mario Brothers (Nintendo DS)
4. Canis Canem Edit (PS2)
5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP)
6. Nintendo DS Lite (White)
7. Nintendo Wii
8. The Sims 2 (PC/DVD - 2 discs)
9. PSP Base Pack
10. EyeToy Play 3 with Camera (PS2)

(i) Please note that all charts are based on units sold.


About Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.co.uk opened its virtual doors in October 1998, and strives to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Amazon.co.uk and sellers list millions of new and used items in categories such as Books, Music, Video, DVD, Software, PC & Video Games, Electronics & Photo, Home & Garden, and Toys & Games. Through Amazon Marketplace, zShops and Auctions any business or individual can sell virtually anything to Amazon.co.uk's millions of customers. Amazon.co.uk customers enjoy the benefits of industry-leading online-shopping technology, such as secure credit-card payment, personalised recommendations, streamlined, 1-Click® ordering and hassle-free Bid-Click® auction bidding. Through Amazon Anywhere, Amazon.co.uk is also available on mobile phones with WAP technology--see www.amazon.co.uk/anywhere for details.

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