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100.0 %

972,828,001

15.2 %

100.0 %

169.5 %

Notes: (1) Internet usage and world population statistics were updated on November 21, 2005. (2) CLICK on each world region for detailed regional information. (3) Demographic (Population) numbers are based on data contained in the world-gazetteer web site. (4) Internet usage information comes from data published by Nielsen//NetRatings, by the International Telecommunications Union, by local NICs, and by other reliable sources. (5) For definitions, disclaimer, and navigation help, see the Site Surfing Guide. (6) Information from this site may be cited, giving due credit and establishing an active link back to www.internetworldstats.com. ┬ęCopyright 2005, Miniwatts International, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Notes: (1) Internet usage and world population statistics were updated on November 21, 2005. (2) CLICK on each world region for detailed regional information. (3) Demographic (Population) numbers are based on data contained in the world-gazetteer web site. (4) Internet usage information comes from data published by Nielsen//NetRatings, by the International Telecommunications Union, by local NICs, and by other reliable sources. (5) For definitions, disclaimer, and navigation help, see the Site Surfing Guide. (6) Information from this site may be cited, giving due credit and establishing an active link back to www.internetworldstats.com. ┬ęCopyright 2005, Miniwatts International, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Source: www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

From an e-retailers perspective, digital technologies and the Internet create an opportunity to cross barriers created by time and geography. However, it should also be remembered that where people live has potential strategic and operational implications. (This issue is discussed at the end of this chapter.)

Table 10.2 Internet Usage in the EU

Country

Population

Internet users,

Penetration

Usage %

User growth

Borrowing Basics

Borrowing Basics

Some small business persons cannot understand why a lending institution refused to lend them money. Others have no trouble getting funds, but they are surprised to find strings attached to their loans.

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