Western European Ecommerce Market 2013 Forecast | Ecommerce Europe

BRUSSELS | Ecommerce Europe, the European umbrella organisation for online retailers, has published a new Western Europe B2C ecommerce report indicating that online sales in Western Europe is developing well. The publication covers the ecommerce markets UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg.


10% growth

The total Western European ecommerce market of online sold goods and services amounted €158.1 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow to €173.8 billion ($239 billion) in 2013, 10% growth. Figures in Ecommerce Europe reports are based on the European Measurement Standard for Ecommerce (EMSEC).


Online sales will reach €173.8 billion in 2013

The Western European region is now in first position for e-commerce size, with a 51% European market share. In 2012 the total B2C e-commerce economy of Western Europe amounted €158.1 billion, a 20%+ growth compared to 2011. Online sales of goods and services are forecast to reach €173.8 billion in 2013, a growth of nearly 10% in comparison with 2012.


United Kingdom leads the way, followed by France and The Netherlands

The mature online markets of Western Europe are France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The UK leads the way with total online sales of €96.2 billion ($132 billion). Projections for 2013 indicate that the United Kingdom will maintain its position with total sales of €103 billion ($141 billion). France and the Netherlands rank second and third with total sales of €53 billion ($73 billion) and €10.5 billion ($14.5 billion) in 2013 respectively.


Irish Ecommerce Market is one of fastest growing European Markets

Ireland is in fourth place and will reach total sales of €4.6 billion ($6.3 billion) in 2013 and is one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in Europe. Irish consumers are buying online above the curve with 25% sales growth year on year. However, in 2012 25% of Irish online spendings went overseas due to lack of choice. Belgium is showing relatively the lowest online sales, respectively €3.0 billion ($4 billion) in 2012. However, Belgium is expected to grow with 20% in 2013 and is therefore an upcoming e-commerce market.


Netherlands has an internet population of 94%

In 2012, the Western European population was estimated to be 162.3 million (19.8% of Europe’s population). Internet penetration in Western Europe (83%) has been above the European (66%) and EU28 average (76%) in 2012. The top three tier having internet access is being led by the Netherlands with 94%, followed by Luxembourg and the United Kingdom with 93% and 83% respectively.


Western European e-household spend €2,625 online in 2012

Ecommerce Europe’s research reveals that 90 million consumers in Western Europe bought goods and services online in 2012. The average Western European e-household spends a total of €2,625 ($3,600) online in 2012. This is far above the European average of €1,400 and EU28 average of €1,696. The United Kingdom leads the way with €4,010 ($5500) on e-household expenditure. The United Kingdom has the biggest online spenders in Europe. Within Western Europe Ireland and Luxembourg follow with €2,861 and €1,955 online expenditure respectively.


Dutch and Belgian Online Spending Relatively Low

Meanwhile Belgium (€836) and The Netherlands (€1,365) have a considerable gap when it comes to online expenditures per e-household. In Belgium e-commerce is still growing strongly and the country is expected to catch up. The Netherlands is considered more mature and the high density of physical retail is limiting the need to buy online compared to other countries.


More Publications To Come 

Within the next few weeks, Ecommerce Europe will publish three other Regional Reports next to the Western European B2C Ecommerce Report, regarding Central Europe, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe, all with an outlook on 2013 projections. Get your abstract of the Western Europe B2C Ecommerce report now. The reports are powered by hybris and RichRelevance.


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Ecommerce Europe is the association representing 4,000+ companies selling products and/or services online to consumers in Europe. Founded by leading national e-commerce associations, its mission is to advance the interests and influence of e-commerce in Europe through advocacy, communication and networking. Please visit Ecommerce Europe.


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Press Release Ecommerce Europe, 18 December 2013




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