CBS: nearly 20 percent of Dutch sits on the internet without having to buy online




Nearly 20 percent of the Dutch is well settled on the internet, but never buy anything online. That is to make a combination of figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics. It is unknown why this is so.

From figures published by Statistics Netherlands show that 70 percent of those surveyed by the statistical office buy online. The growth of that number seems to be leveling off; Last year, the percentage was 69.7 percent. Earlier figures from the same agency indicate that 89.3 percent of respondents have been in the past three months on the Internet.

Some of that group probably have never made a purchase because they are not good enough to cope with the Internet or because they do not know how to pay online. It is unknown how large that part. CBS gives only figures but rarely gives explanations of trends.

Of all online purchases tickets to the most popular events; 45 percent of respondents bought online in the past year. There is also seen a sharp rise. Three years ago this figure was still at 25 percent.

In addition, it is striking that the number of purchases at online shops outside the EU, such as Chinese merchants, has grown substantially. Where in 2012 only 7 percent of respondents there ever ordered what was that in 2015 around 13 percent.

The statistics office will be surveyed these numbers by about 4,500 people by telephone. CBS selects to pick which group by random people of all ages from the Municipal Administration.


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