Active Home Web Use by Country, March 2006

The number of active Internet users continued to climb in March 2006 in all countries except Germany and the U.K. Data tracked by Nielsen//NetRatings reports the number of active users in 10 countries worldwide.

Australia (2.77 percent increase); Italy (1.54 percent); Japan (3.43 percent); and the U.S. (2.63 percent) rebounded from usage declines experienced in February with an uptake of new active users in March.

After experiencing a 4.12 percent spike in new active users in February of this year, Germany saw a decline of less than 1 percent.

All told, the Web saw 6.7 million new active home Internet users in March, compared to the previous month.

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, Febuary and March 2006
Country February
2006
March
2006
Change (%) One-Month Difference
Australia 10,019,539 10,296,745 2.77 277,206
Brazil 13,240,648 14,106,651 6.54 866,002
France 17,466,601 17,769,232 1.73 302,631
Germany 33,191,582 32,954,008 -0.72 -237,574
Italy 16,842,540 17,101,383 1.54 258,843
Japan 39,420,270 40,774,175 3.43 1,353,905
Spain 11,851,496 12,128,204 2.33 276,708
Switzerland 3,698,692 3,726,726 0.76 28,034
U.K. 24,150,856 24,028,103 -0.51 -122,753
U.S. 140,665,990 144,358,901 2.63 3,692,911
Total 310,548,214 317,244,127 2.16 6,695,913
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, 2006

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