Eurostat: Online shopping continuing to grow in EU
With high street shopping affected by the COVID-19 restrictions and changes in habits and preferences, e-commerce can be expected to grow further, according to Eurostat. In the 12 months prior to the 2020 survey, 89 percent of people aged 16 to 74 in the EU had used the Internet, 72 percent of whom had bought or ordered goods or services for private use. Online shopping increased by 4 percentage points (pp) compared with 2019 (68 percent of Internet users) and by 10 pp compared with 2015 (62 percent). More than 8 in 10 internet users in the Netherlands (91 percent), Denmark (90 percent), Germany (87 percent), Sweden (86 percent) and Ireland (81 percent) had bought or ordered goods or services over the Internet in the 12 months prior to the survey. On the other hand, fewer than 50 percent had shopped online in Bulgaria (42 percent), Romania (45 percent) and Italy (49 percent; 2019 data), informed Eurostat.