WatchMouse Announces FTSE 100 Companies' Websites Fall Short

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Testing Reveals Slow Loading and Poor Uptime; Legal & General Group Noted as Worst

WatchMouse, a global industry leader in self-service website and application performance monitoring, tested the websites belonging to the companies listed on the FTSE 100, a share index of the 100 most highly capitalized UK companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, for availability and performance. Only two of the FTSE 100 company websites registered 100% uptime. The websites with the lowest uptimes included Legal & General Group (87.4%), Cobham (91.8%) and Next Group (94.8%). The websites with the best uptimes included Burberry (100%), Rexam (100%) and 3i Group (99.9%).

“These are the 100 largest public companies in the UK and only twenty-one of their websites met the industry standard of 99.9% uptime or greater,” states Mark Pors, CTO and co-founder of WatchMouse. “These websites are key channels for these companies to attract new business, provide investors with information and project a professional corporate image. It's been four years since our first testing, and we're surprised that our research found that these sites are performing worse than they did in 2006.”

WatchMouse monitored the websites during the period of January 20, 2010 to February 27, 2010. According to industry standards, availability of greater than or equal to 99.9% is regarded as “good” while anything below 99% is regarded as “poor” site uptime.

The sites were checked every five minutes during the test period from one of the 42 WatchMouse global monitoring stations, and included a retrieval of the website home page, without graphics or frames. The home page was expected to load within eight seconds without any errors. If that time was exceeded or a server error occurred, WatchMouse verified the results using another of its monitoring stations. The result was counted as either poor availability or unavailable if a second error was established.

See http://www.watchmouse.com/en/SPI/2010/status_FTSE100_sites.php to read the full report of all FTSE 100 company website uptimes or visit http://ftse100.public-website-status.com/ for real-time status and statistical data on each website’s performance.

This website performance monitoring research covers the websites of the following organisations: Burberry Group, Rexam, 3i Group, Alliance Trust, Centrica, Whitbread, Xstrata, Sage Group, InterContinental Hotels Group, London Stock Exchange, SABMiller, The Sage Group, Vodafone Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson Matthey, Standard Life, BAE Systems, Friends Provident, Kingfisher, J Sainsbury, Cable and Wireless, AMEC, British Sky Broadcasting Group, Imperial Tobacco Group, Rio Tinto, HSBC, Fresnillo, Royal Dutch Shell, Diageo, Aviva, Thomas Cook Group, British Land Company, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, Schroders, Lonmin, Marks & Spencer Group, BP, Liberty International, Old Mutual, Severn Trent, Rentokil Initial, Unilever, SEGRO, Reckitt Benckiser, British American Tobacco, Standard Chartered Bank, Petrofac, British Airways, Land Securities Group, Scottish and Southern Energy, Randgold Resources, Invensys, Admiral Group, Rolls-Royce Group, Compass Group, Cadbury Schweppes, Lloyds Banking Group, BHP Billiton, The Capita Group, Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Hammerson, Intertek Group, BG Group, Pearson, Antofagasta, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, National Grid, Wolseley, Associated British Foods, Tesco, Cairn Energy, Smith & Nephew, Tullow Oil, International Power, Autonomy Corporation, Bunzl, Prudential, Vedanta Resources, Man Group, Anglo American, G4S, Inmarsat, Home Retail Group, AstraZeneca, Experian Group, ICAP, Shire Pharmaceuticals Group, RSA Insurance Group, TUI Travel, Serco Group, BT Group, WPP Group, Smiths Group, Kazakhmys, United Utilities, Carnival, Reed Elsevier, Next Group, Cobham, and Legal & General Group.

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