Graph Writing # 150 - Online sales for retail sectors in New Zealand

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Pie Chart:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The pie charts below show the online sales for retail sectors in New Zealand in 2003 and 2013.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

» Write at least 150 words.

Online sales - retail sectors in New Zealand in 2003 & 2013

Sample Answer 1:
The pie charts illustrate the proportion of online sales for travel, film or music, books and clothes in New Zealand in two selected years. In general, travel and film and music made up the largest proportion of the total online sales in two selected years.

In 2003, it is apparent that 36% of the total sales were travel sector related, which was the major online sale of the year. However, in 2013, a drop of 7% resulted in the same sector which became the second biggest portion of total online sales. The second major sector in 2003 was clothes, which accounted for 24% of overall sales. A decrease of 8% could be seen in clothes in 2013.

Film and music made the third largest portion of the overall sales in 2003 (21%) whereas, in 2013, the figure rose to 33% which successfully hit the highest sales. A relatively small portion of online sales was for books (19%) in 2003 which was slightly lower than that in 2013 (22%).

[ Written by - Lee Wing Qeen ]


Sample Answer 2:
The figures illustrate the proportion of four different online retail sales categories in New Zealand in two different periods. It can be seen that the sales of film or music and books in the country had increased over the ten-year period, while travel and clothing sectors were in the opposite position. 

In 2003, the online sales of travel industries in New Zealand accounted for 36% of the total sector, which was 12% higher than the clothing sector. However, over the decade, both figures had declined sharply to 29% and 16% respectively.

In the film or music category, it is noticed that the online sales figure of the sector had risen drastically by 12% to reach 33% in 2013. As for the sector of books, it had increased slightly from 19% in 2003 to 22% in 2013.

In conclusion, it is clear that between 2003 and 2013, the online sales of travel and clothing in New Zealand had dropped, while the sales of film and music and books had grown.

[ Written by - Darwin Lesmana ]

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The pie charts compare the online sales of four different retail sectors in New Zealand in 2003 with that of 2013. Overall, the sales of travel items and books increased while the opposite trend can be seen regarding entertainment and clothing sectors.

In 2003, sales of online travel accounted for 36%, which reduced to just under 30% after a decade. Similarly, clothes' sales reduced by exactly a third throughout the given period, down to 16 per cent. It can be seen that the clothing sector replaced books to become the one with the smallest proportion in the year 2013, as the latter rose by 3% in 10 years to become slightly over one-fifth.

Compared with books, the increase in film or music sales was much more noticeable. In detail, the entertainment sector accounted for just over 20% sales in 2003, but then the figure rose to 33%, making this sector the best-selling online market by the end of the given period. It is also worth noticing that sales of film or music in 2013 more than doubled those of clothes and were exactly h11% more than books sales.