Sustained growth for e-commerce

27/03/2008 15:00

In 2006, Dutch companies generated nearly 11 percent of their turnover through e-commerce. The share of e-commerce rose more rapidly in 2006 than in previous years, but the Netherlands has as yet not reached the level of the EU average.

Threefold increase turnover share through e-commerce

Online orders have become increasingly important for the Dutch private sector in recent years. In 1999, e-commerce accounted for only just over 3 percent of total turnover realised by Dutch companies, but the share has gradually risen to nearly 11 percent in 2006.

The turnover share generated by e-commerce has grown three times as fast in 2006 as in the preceding years. This is mainly due to a sharp increase in the use of e-commerce in manufacturing industry. Proportionally, the sector manufacturing industry generated the largest part of its turnover (19 percent) through electronic orders. In the sector services, e-commerce did not play such an important part.

E-commerce companies 1)

E-commerce companies 1)

Dutch e-commerce below average level in EU 15

The share of e-commerce in turnover of Dutch companies remained marginally below the EU 15 average of 12 percent. Since 2003, the position of the Netherlands on the EU 15 list has hardly changed.

The share of e-commerce in the Dutch private sector in 2006 was about the same as in Belgium and Germany. In Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, the role of e-commerce was distinctly more prominent.

E-commerce international 1)

E-commerce international 1)

Many Dutch companies have broadband Internet access

The relatively low position of the Netherlands with respect to e-commerce is remarkable in view of the fact that a high percentage of Dutch companies have broadband Internet access. With 87 percent, the Netherlands was one of Europe’s front runners in 2006.

Compared to 2002, Dutch companies have largely closed the gap with the other countries of the EU 15. In that year, 37 percent of Dutch companies had a broadband Internet connection, just under the EU 15 average of 40 percent.

Companies with broadband Internet access 1)

Companies with broadband Internet access 1)

Vincent van Straalen