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Mobile commerce and online shopper behaviour in Spain

Read below more about ecommerce growth, ecommerce sales and cross-border ecommerce in Spain

Detailed information to be found in the Cross-border Ecommerce Report - Spain

Spain is one of the European markets with the greatest potential, for both domestic and cross-border ecommerce. Still recovering from the grip of the financial crisis, Spanish consumers are hunting for cheaper prices and for products and services currently unavailable to them, whether that’s online rather than in store, overseas rather than domestic. Spain has also seen a significant growth in mobile commerce, with a 66.5% increase in consumers browsing retail sites on their mobile devices.

Total Population
- 46.9 million
Age Breakdown
- 46.2% of the population in Spain is between the ages of 24-64.
- The most prominent religion in Spain in Roman Catholic at 95%.
Urban Population
- 78%
Internet Penetration
- 72.7%
- 34 million
Mobile Penetration
- 40.8 million mobile phone users
- 87%
Tablet Penetration
- 23.3%
Smartphone Penetration
- 66%
Online Shoppers
- 16.5 million
• Ecommerce Sales
EUR 14.7 billion
Ecommerce Penetration
- 54.5%

Cross-border Ecommerce Opportunities

• The number of transactions made in Spain on foreign sites accounted for 56.5% of ecommerce transactions and their volume accounted for 43.2% of the total value of the online market.
• Spanish online merchants are only exporting a small proportion of the total Spanish cross-border trade, exporting to approximately 7 million European consumers in 2013, compared to 46 million exports from the UK.
• Home furnishings are a popular choice for overseas purchasing, followed by clothing and footwear.
• Spanish consumers mostly purchase from the UK (14.2%), China (12.5%), the US (10.3%) and Germany (9.9%) (In percentage of total Spanish cross-border purchases).
• Spanish online merchants mostly sell to the UK (3.9%), Italy (3.5%) and France (3.9%), (In percentage of cross-border sales from the respective countries).

Language as a Key Driver

• In Spain the official language is Spanish, also called Castilian, and is the first language of over 72% of the population.
• Spain has secondary languages with official regional status. Catalan/Valencian is spoken by 9%, Galician is spoken by 5%, and Basque by 1%.
• Approximately 414 million people worldwide speak Spanish as a native language, ranking it second only to Mandarin in terms of its number of native speakers.
• Spanish is spoken fluently by 15% of all Europeans, making it the fifth most spoken language in Europe.

Read the complete text (including sources) about mobile commerce, online shopper behavior, ecommerce growth, ecommerce sales, cross-border ecommerce in Spain in the downloadable country report.