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E-commerce in Italy

E-commerce

Internet access
Italy is the third largest economy and the third most populated country in the EU. It is estimated that in 2017 Italy had a population of 49.9 million online users who were aged 15 and older. The estimated number of smartphone users in Italy in 2017 reached 39.3 million, with a penetration rate of 65.8% (Newzoo's 2017 Global Mobile Market Report). The most popular web search engines in Italy are Google.it, Bing and Yahoo, with Google dominating the scene with a market share of almost 93.5%.
E-commerce market
The Italian e-commerce market turnover grew by 17% to in 2017, reaching EUR 23.6 billion. Overall, the Italian e-commerce market is growing steadily: the number of e-shoppers reached 22 million in 2017, up 10% when compared to the previous year. Historically, most of the e-commerce turnover in Italy was generated by services. Nevertheless in 2017 products sales (EUR 12.2 billion, +28%) overtook those of services (+7%) for the first time. The e-commerce industry is estimated to represent 5.7% of the total Italian retail industry. When ranked by unique visitors per month, Zalando is the biggest B2C e-commerce site in Italy, followed by Amazon, Euronics, IBS and BonPrix. Another very popular e-commerce site is Yoox. Tourism and transport are the most popular e-commerce categories in Italy, with a turnover of EUR 9.2 billion and a 7% growth rate in 2017. Other major e-commerce sectors include consumer electronics (with a growth of 28%) and clothing (+28% growth). New sectors are emerging, including food & grocery (+43%) and furniture & home living (+31%). In 2017, two-thirds of online purchases was completed using a desktop or laptop, while one-third of purchases was made via mobile or tablet: the use of smartphones, in particular, went from 4% in 2013 to almost 25% in 2017, the total value of purchases accounting to EUR 5.8 billion (+65%). In Italy 65.3% of online shops are estimated to sell cross-border.
Social media
More than 34 million Italians use social media, with the number of users growing by 3 million in 2017 (+10% annual growth). Of these, more than 30 million are active through smartphones. Facebook and YouTube lead the social media market, with 30 and 24 million users active on these platforms respectively. Instagram ranks third with 16 million. Twitter (7 million), Google+ (6 million), Pinterest (4.7 million) and LinkedIn (4.5 million) are also widely used. In 2017, the messaging platforms market was dominated by WhatsApp (22 million users), followed by Facebook Messenger (15 million) and Skype (8 million) (source: ANSA).

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