As Christ­mas dawns around the world and the hol­i­day shop­ping sea­son offi­cially comes to a close, retail­ers should be set to see record-breaking online sales this year thanks to huge spikes in mobile shop­ping, social media mar­ket­ing, and increas­ingly more retailer-created shop­ping events (like Black Fri­day & Cyber Monday).

So which coun­tries are pre­dicted to take the lead at the end of the hol­i­day sea­son? Before we turn our atten­tion to 2014, let’stake a look at our final Adobe® Dig­i­tal Index 2013 Online Shop­ping Forecast.

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Look­ing at annual online sales across Europe, Adobe is pre­dict­ing that the United King­dom will take the top spot in online Christ­mas sales, with 26% of annual online rev­enue occur­ring dur­ing Christ­mas. Close behind the U.K. are the Nether­lands and Nordic coun­tries, with each region see­ing 24% of annual online sales occur at Christ­mas. Worth not­ing, retail­ers in the United States are set to see just 22% of their online rev­enue fall dur­ing Christ­mas, hint­ing that Euro­pean con­sumers are respond­ing to dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing efforts of increas­ingly more savvy mar­keters. Ger­many and France are bring­ing up the rear, with 21% and 19%, respec­tively, of their online sales hit­ting dur­ing Christmas.

With retail­ers typ­i­cally tar­get­ing to book 30–50% of their annual sales dur­ing Christ­mas, this year’s online-only pre­dic­tions bode well for the grow­ing suc­cess of dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing tools enabling per­son­al­i­sa­tion, social har­mony, ease of use, and timely con­ver­sa­tions. I look for­ward to what the new year will bring to dig­i­tal mar­keters around the world.

Have a Merry Christ­mas and a happy New Year.

@MarkPhibbs