Most Poles shopped online in 2020 - stats office

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Nearly 61 percent of Poles made purchases on the internet this year and the percentage of online shoppers has risen by 19 percentage points over the last four years, Poland's statistics office said on Wednesday.

"In 2020, over 17.6 million Poles aged 16-74, or 60.9 percent of the population, made online purchases,” the Central Statistical Office (GUS) wrote. “In 2016-2020, the percentage of people ordering or buying online has been constantly increasing, by a total of 19 percentage points in the period."

Clothing and sporting goods were the most popular internet purchases in 2020, with 68.6 percent of online shoppers buying something from those two categories. Cosmetics, healthcare and beauty products, furniture and decorative and gardening goods also proved popular.

Movies and TV series on DVDs and Blu-Ray discs were the least popular, with only 2.9 percent of shoppers being interested in them. CDs and vinyl records were also rarely sought after, with only 4.0 percent purchasing them online.

In 2020, 90.4 percent of Polish households had internet access, up 3.4 percentage points on the previous year. Close to 90 percent had broadband access, up 6.3 percentage points on 2019.