Digital buyer penetration worldwide from 2014 to 2019

This statistic gives information on the digital buyer penetration worldwide from 2011 to 2018. In 2013, 41.3 percent of global internet users had purchased products online. In 2017, this figure is expected to grow to 46.4 percent.


E-commerce worldwide – additional information

With digital buyer penetration expected to edge close to 50 percent of internet users worldwide in 2018, the e-commerce industry is set to evolve and expand.
In 2011, the number of digital buyers worldwide reached 792.6 million. A year later, the number rose to 903.6 million and forecasters expect there to be 1.32 billion digital buyers across the globe in 2016.
One way of measuring the growth of the e-commerce industry is to analyze purchase intention rates. Global average online purchase intention rates of various product categories were calculated in the first quarter of 2011 and can be compared with purchase intention rates from the first quarter of 2014. The comparison revealed that each product category experienced a growth in purchase intention. In the first quarter of 2014, 34 percent of respondents were planning to purchase an ebook online in the next six months. This figure represents a 19 percent growth from 2011. Event tickets also experienced a 19 percent growth.
Amazon.com and eBay Inc. are two of the world’s largest e-retailers. Their success can be determined by looking at their year-on-year revenue growth from 2006 to 2013. Both companies have experienced fluctuating revenue growth during this time. In 2010, Amazon achieved a 40 percent year-over-year revenue growth, whereas eBay, in the same year only experienced a five percent year-over-year revenue growth.

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 Internet usersPopulation
2014 49.6% 22.2%
2015 51.5% 24.3%
2016* 53.4% 26.4%
2017* 55.2% 28.6%
2018* 56.5% 30.6%
2019* 57.6% 32.8%
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