Spanish E-commerce Continues to Grow in 2019

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Spain is home to 46.7 million people; however, more than 54 million local mobile subscriptions can be found. This is a sample of the Internet penetration in Spain, around 93%, which places the country as the fourth largest B2C market in the EU, after the UK, Germany and France.

In 2019 there have already been 42.9 million active internet users, a 9% more than in 2018, 92% of them access the web daily. The smartphone is the most frequent device, used by 87% of the adult population; followed by computers or laptops, with 72%; and the third place corresponding to tablets, with 41%.

Analyzing the activity of e-commerce in Spain during 2018, we find that there are 27.7 million people, 60% of the total population, who made purchases through this channel. This represents a growth of 1.8% over the previous year.

In 2019 these figures just continue growing, the value of e-commerce transactions carried out during 2019 in Spain is 16.3 billion Euros, with an average per capita expenditure of 689.31 Euros.

The most relevant markets in 2019 are the following:

International online players such as Amazon, AliExpress and MediaMarkt are the preferred ones for e-commerce users in Spain. On the other hand, local companies have also an important role on Spanish e-commerce, like El Corte Inglés, Zara and PC Componentes.

When looking at online payments, there is a heavy preference (49%) for third party online payment services such as PayPal. This factor states a relatively high lack of trust from Spanish consumers. This is followed by debit and credit cards (43%) and cash on delivery (5%).



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Made in Spain, lived in Brazil and based in The Netherlands. After a dual Bachelor in Business Management and Law, I started as a Country Manager at Icecat for Iberia & Latin America.

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