The study showed that the EU5 mobile retail audience nearly doubled over the past year, with 1 in 6 smartphone users accessing online retail sites and apps on their device. In addition, 1 in 8 EU5 smartphone users actually completed a retail transaction on their phones.
"E-Commerce has become central to many consumers' digital lives over the past few years, but we are now observing a rapid increase in the emergence of m-commerce, where consumers visit retail sites or use dedicated apps and ultimately make on-device purchases," said Hesham Al-Jehani, European mobile product manager at comScore. "While smaller screen sizes can be an impediment to people conducting transactions on mobile devices, retailers have responded to the changing consumer environment by simplifying the transaction processes and improving the mobile experience to facilitate on-the-go purchasing."Retail site visitation via smartphone differs significantly across EU5
In May 2012, 16.6% of the EU5 smartphone audience accessed online retail sites and apps, displaying an increase of 4.6 percentage points in the past year. Spain was the fastest growing market with a growth rate of 141% to nearly 2 million smartphone users accessing retail brands like Amazon and eBay on their handsets. The UK was the largest market by absolute numbers with 6.5 million smartphone retail users, but also had the least rapid growth rate at 74%. Germany ranked a close second with 5.8 million retail users, and also had a relatively high penetration of mobile retail users at 22.6%.
1 in 8 smartphone owners engage in m-commerce transactions
|Mobile Retail Activity Among Smartphone Audience 3 month average ending May 2011 vs May 2012 Total EU5 (FR, DE, IT, ES and UK) Age 13+ Source: comScore MobiLens |
|Accessed Online Retail |
|Smartphone Audience (000) ||Y/Y Growth by Audience ||% of Smartphone Audience ||Y/Y Percentage Point Increase |
|EU5 ||19,475 ||94% ||16.6% ||4.6 pp |
|Spain ||1,963 ||141% ||9.8% ||4.1 pp |
|Germany ||5,838 ||118% ||22.6% ||6.3 pp |
|France ||2,243 ||99% ||10.2% ||2.6 pp |
|Italy ||2,969 ||76% ||13.6% ||4.2 pp |
|UK ||6,461 ||74% ||23.1% ||4.7 pp|
Approximately 1 in 8 EU5 smartphone users (12.4%) purchased goods or services on their device in May 2012. Among the 19.5 million smartphone users who accessed retail content, 75% conducted a transaction.
An analysis of the top 5 types of goods and services purchased via smartphones showed clothing or accessories (4.3% of smartphone audience) and books (3.2%) to be the most popular retail categories. Other services or goods purchased by European smartphone owners were consumer electronics/household appliances (3.1%), tickets (3.1%) and personal care/hygiene products (2.1%).
|Mobile Retail Activity Among Smartphone Owners 3 Month Average Ending May 2012 Total EU5 (FR, DE, IT, ES and UK) Smartphone Audience: Age 13+ Source: comScore MobiLens |
|Target Audience (000) ||% of Smartphone Audience |
|Total Smartphone Audience: 13+ yrs old ||117,609 ||100.0% |
|Purchased goods or services ||14,552 ||12.4% |
|Type of goods or services purchased || || |
|Clothing or accessories ||5,036 ||4.3% |
|Books (excluding e-books) ||3,806 ||3.2% |
|Consumer electronics / household appliances ||3,698 ||3.1% |
|Tickets ||3,639 ||3.1% |
|Personal care / hygiene products ||2,452 ||2.1%|
"Given Europeans' existing predilection for online apparel shopping, it is not surprising to see this category rank as the most popular for purchase via mobile devices. But it's also possible the category's popularity corresponds with the heavy use of email marketing, with consumers more likely to see and respond to offers on their phones when they check their email," added Al-Jehani.May 2012 EU5 mobile benchmark data
The table below shows comScore's May 2012 mobile benchmark data, including a review of mobile consumption behaviour and device penetration for the five European countries under measurement. These benchmarks are published by comScore to provide the most up-to-date snapshot of the mobile industry. Further information on these benchmarks, and other data included above, can be provided upon request.
|Mobile Benchmark Data for the European Market 3 Month Average Ending May 2012 Total EU5 (DE, ES, FR, IT and UK), Age 13+ Source: comScore MobiLens |
|Penetration (%) of Mobile Users |
|EU5 ||France ||Germany ||Italy ||Spain ||UK |
|Used Smartphone ||48.8% ||46.4% ||42.3% ||45.5% ||57.0% ||56.6% |
|Used Application (excl. pre-installed) ||42.7% ||37.8% ||37.8% ||37.1% ||48.9% ||54.6% |
|Used browser ||42.4% ||40.5% ||35.9% ||36.8% ||47.0% ||54.6% |
|Played games ||29.7% ||17.0% ||27.5% ||33.3% ||33.6% ||38.4% |
|Sent text message ||83.1% ||85.4% ||78.3% ||81.1% ||79.1% ||91.6% |
|Listened to music ||28.9% ||24.9% ||27.7% ||26.5% ||38.6% ||29.9% |
|Accessed Social Networking Site or Blog ||29.0% ||25.6% ||23.0% ||25.5% ||33.2% ||40.2%|
MobiLens data is derived from an intelligent online survey of a nationally representative sample of mobile subscribers age 13 and above. Data on mobile phone usage refers to a respondent's primary mobile phone and does not include data related to a respondent's secondary device.