Active Home Web Use by Country, April 2006

Active users worldwide dipped by about half a percent in April, according to data from Nielsen//NetRatings. The dip occurred after a 2.16 percent increase reported in March

The decline, which amounted to a drop of about 1.8 million people, was due to fewer users in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Spain and the U.S. The largest loss was in Germany, with a 2.55 percent difference over March data.

Switzerland added 97,936 new active Internet users, which comprised a 2.63 percent gain over March. Italy’s active Internet population increased by 178,782 users, or 1.05 percent.

Nielsen//NetRatings uses a sampling methodology applied worldwide, which allows for data aggregation on a regional and global basis.


Active Home Internet Users by Country, March and April 2006
Country March
2006
April
2006
Change (%) One-Month Difference
Australia 10,296,745 10,222,090 -0.73 -74,655
Brazil 14,106,651 13,431,424 -4.79 -675,226
France 17,769,232 17,907,014 0.78 137,782
Germany 32,954,008 32,112,698 -2.55 -841,310
Italy 17,101,383 17,280,253 1.05 178,870
Japan 40,774,175 41,139,368 0.90 365,193
Spain 12,128,204 11,715,596 -3.40 -412,608
Switzerland 3,726,726 3,824,662 2.63 97,936
U.K. 24,028,103 24,200,841 0.72 172,738
U.S. 144,358,901 143,596,769 -0.53 -762,132
Total 317,244,127 315,430,716 -0.57 -1,813,411
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, 2006

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