UK internet use among highest in EU

The Office for National Statistics has published a snapshot of Britain's internet habits, how they have changed in recent years, and how they compare with the rest of the Europe.

Below are some of the key points.

Households and consumers

More than three-quarters (77%) of UK adults made an internet purchase in the last 12 months – the highest in Europe alongside Denmark according to 2013 data, and far higher than the EU average of 47%.

The number of adults who access the internet every day in the UK more than doubled from 16 million to 38 million between 2006 and 2014.

Twenty-two million UK households, or 84%, had internet access in 2014. The EU average for 2013 was 79%. Of the 4m UK households without access, more than half said they did not need it.

Iceland had the highest proportion of households with internet access at 96%, and Turkey had the lowest at 49%.


The estimated value of e-commerce transactions in 2012 for non-financial sector businesses with 10 or more employees was £492bn in the UK, or 18% of turnover.

The percentage of businesses selling online increased from an estimated 13% in 2008 to 19% in 2012. In the same year, Denmark had the biggest proportion of businesses where at least 1% of turnover came from online sales, at 27%. The EU average was 14%.

The highest percentage of UK businesses making internet sales was in the retail industry, with sales more than doubling from £303m a week in June 2009 to £664m a week in June 2014.

Powered by article was written by Angela Monaghan, for on Thursday 7th August 2014 12.41 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010