Online shopping and the Internet to add $14.4 billion annually to Ireland’s economy by 2016
Internet use in Ireland has increased by 800 percent with predictions that $7.3 billion will be spent in online shopping by 2016
Broadband take-up in Ireland matches the EU average at two thirds of homes
Internet users spend an average of 2.6 hours online on a typical weekday
69 percent of people say their broadband speed is sufficient
On average there are two or more people using broadband in every home
Shopping and social networks are the most popular online activities
There are 2.6 million online shoppers in Ireland
30 percent of people use a laptop / tablet / smartphone at the same time while watching TV
80 percent of businesses are optimistic about their growth prospects in the coming two years
55 percent of Irish businesses say they intend hiring in the next 12 to 24 months
Over 75 percent of companies supply smart phones and laptops to about a third or more of their staff
A third of adults already use the Internet at home for work purposes
Six in 10 workers are expected to work from home some or all of the time by 2016
Half of all adults would be interested in running their own business from home at some stage, facilitated by digital technologies
Nearly half of all businesses have observed an increase in online feedback from customers in recent years
One in 4 businesses think they could have an extra 5 percent growth on top of their current prospects with the right online strategy
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