eBay Says UK Mobile Shopping Market Is Growing Fastest

Online auction site eBay has announced that mobile shopping is on the up and Brits are leading the pack.

According to eBay, shoppers in the UK and Germany are purchasing more items from its mobile app than people from any other country, accounting for nearly one-third of all sales via the app.

The company said that customers worldwide spent around $2 billion on eBay using its mobile app, a lot more than the $600 million spent by online shoppers on eBay in 2009. eBay also reported a 166 per cent rise in sales from mobile apps in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Clare Gilmartin, vice-president for eBay Europe, said in a statement: “With the number of mobile Internet users growing rapidly, the potential for growth is huge.”

eBay also announced that its mobile app had been downloaded by 30 million individuals worldwide in 2010, and that Brits are purchasing an item from the mobile app every two seconds.