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16% of UK adults ‘have never used the internet’- ONS

Nearly 1 in 5 (16%) UK adults have never used the internet, amounting to 7.82 million people, according to new research. The ONS statistics for the second quarter of 2012 show a 10% decline in the number of adults who have not used the internet. The data showed that just 28.6 per cent of people over 75-years-old had used the internet, suggesting it is older people who are less likely to have gone online.

17/08/2012  |  Full story...

Internet now accounts for 12% of all UK retail sales- ONS

Retail sales rose 0.9% in January compared with December, with internet sales now accounting for 12% of the total, according to new research. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that internet sales were up from 9% in January last year. The figure was much stronger than forecast as many economists had expected sales volumes to fall.

20/02/2012  |  Full story...

1 in 7 UK adults ‘have never used internet’

Over 8 million adults in the UK have never used the Internet, representing 16.3% of the adult population, according to new data. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that 42 million adults in the UK had used the Internet by the end of 2011 Q4. This represents 83.5 per cent of the adult population. 8.20 million adults had never used the Internet – a decrease of 224,000 adults who had never used it since 2011 Q3, following a decrease of 299,000 between Q2 and Q3.

16/02/2012  |  Full story...

Brits now spending £1 in every £10 online

British shoppers are now spending one pound in every ten online, as consumers’ switch their budgets from shops to sites, according to new official retail figures. According to the Office for National Statistics, Britons spent an average of £539.4m online each week in September, out of £5613.9m total sales. This 9.6% share is the biggest on record, and is more than three times bigger than the 3% share back in early 2007.


21/10/2011  |  Full story...

UK mobile web use soars, but quarter of Brits still with no internet: ONS

Mobile internet use in the UK continued to soar in 2011, with nearly half of internet users logging on in the past year via their smartphones, but a quarter of households remain without a connection as the digital divide shows no signs of closing, according to the latest government statistics. The annual research from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) put the number of internet users accessing web sites via their phones at 45 per cent, up from 31 per cent last year and 23 per cent in 2009.


01/09/2011  |  Full story...

Online sales now account for 10% of all UK retail revenue

Sales online made up 9.9% of all UK retail sales in June, up from 6.8% a year earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The agency estimated e-commerce sales at £376.3m in June 2010. One year later, web sales had increased significantly - by 49% to £560.5m. In the same period, all retail sales in June recovered from May's slump: volumes rose 0.7% last month, which surpassed market expectations but only recovered half the previous month's 1.3% drop.


27/07/2011  |  Full story...

Nearly half of non-web users are disabled

Almost a half (48.3 per cent) of people who have never used the Internet are disabled, according to data published for the first time by ONS. Over a third (35.9 per cent) of disabled people have never been online. This compares to only 11.9 per cent for people with no disability.

Across the country as a whole, just over 8.7 million people (17.5 per cent) have never used the internet. More women than men have never used the internet, with just over 5 million women never having been online, compared with only 3.6 million men.


19/05/2011  |  Full story...

Smartphones, apps and dating site fees added to UK’s inflation basket

Shopping in the UK has officially gone digital, with smartphones and their apps being added to the typical basket of goods used to calculate inflation. Dating agency fees have also been included for the first time to reflect the rising use of these websites, the Office for National Statistics said. The ONS updates its 650-strong basket of goods and services annually, to better reflect public spending habits.


31/03/2011  |  Full story...

98% of music singles tracks now bought online

Almost all single music tracks are now purchased digitally instead of in physical formats in the UK, with the total of singles sold increasing since 2007, according to new research from the Office of National Statistics. Digital sales increased by 92 per cent between 2007 and 2009 and now stand at 98 per cent of all singles sold.

Overall, the volume of sales of singles has grown. In 2007 consumers purchased a total 87 million physical and digital singles: this increased by 76 per cent to reach 153 million in 2009. The findings come from the latest chapter of Social Trends, on lifestyles and social participation, published this week by the ONS.

28/01/2011  |  Full story...

UK Internet sales up 25% to £408bn

The value of UK ecommerce transactions hit £408bn in 2009, excluding non-financial transactions, marking a rise of 25% on 2008, according to new research. The study, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said this £409bn figure represented 16.7% of all UK sales outside the financial sector.

Sales from websites rose 23.6% to £115bn, while the value of non-web online transactions (eg Electronic data interchange) hit £293bn, 12% of all non-financial sales, it said. The ONS, which compiled the figures from companies with more than 10 staff, said 76% had a website, but only 14.9% sold goods through it.


29/11/2010  |  Full story...

Two-thirds of British homes online

Nearly 16.5m UK households are now connected to the internet according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), reports the BBC. The figure represents a year-on-year increase of 1.2m homes and represents almost two-thirds of all UK households. According to the figures over two-thirds of British adults now go online every day. Education is also a defining factor: 93% of adults aged under 70 with university degrees or similar qualifications have internet access at home. In comparison only 56% of people without formal qualifications use the internet. Further recent figures from Ofcom show that use of PCs and laptops has grown fourfold since 2002.

Index of internet connectivity

Digital Strategy data - Index of internet connectivity

Source: ONS

26/08/2008  |  Full story...

90% of UK web connections now broadband services

New data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that nearly 90% of all UK web users now use broadband services, writes New Media Age. 88.4% of all UK connections were via broadband in September, from 86.2% in June. Connections were up 8.1% year-on-year with 45.2% of services provided between 2Mbps and 8Mbps.
From New Media Age:, 21/11/2007


61% of British households are online

The latest quarterly figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that 61% of UK households (15m households) now have internet access. Access has risen by 7% since 2006 (equivalent to just over 1m households) and by 36% (4m households) since 2002. 84% of those with internet access now have broadband connections, up from 69% in 2006. Overall, broadband services accounted for 86.1% of all internet connections in June, from 83.6% in March. Dial up services accounted for only 13.9% of connections.
ONS:, 28/08/2007


Eight out of ten connect via broadband in UK

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 79.2% of all internet connections in December 2006 used broadband services. Year-on-year the number of broadband connections rose 29.7%. Connections were also up 5.9% on the previous quarter. Dial-up connections are now used by only 20% of the UK and are falling by 12.7% each quarter.

ONS press release:, 20/02/2007

Digital Strategy data - ONS index of internet connectivity

Source: ONS

Digital Strategy data - ONS index of broadband internet connections

Source: ONS

Digital Strategy data - ONS index of dial-up internet connections

Source: ONS


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