To summarize some of the statistics, the number of direct sellers rose globally to 100 million, up 3.4% from 2013.
Independent business owners worldwide join the direct selling salesforce for many reasons; to earn extra part-time income at home, to learn new skills and build self-esteem, to fight for a social cause, and to make new friends. The press release reports that most independent distributors started out as customers, and in many cases, joined the opportunity to receive a discount on products, not necessarily to sell to others.
Industry retail sales hit record highs, the press release reports, saying, “Retail sales rose 6.4% to US$182.8 billion in 2014. So the steady growth curve in Direct Selling continues, now with a 3-year compound annual growth rate of 6.5% for the period from 2011-2014.”
The largest direct sales markets globally include the United States (19% of global sales), followed by China (17% of global sales), Japan (9% of global sales), Korea (9% of global sales), and Brazil (7% of global sales), totaling just over 60% of global sales.
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