Active Home Web Use by Country, May 2006

After a dip in the number of active home Internet users in April, the Internet population rebounded in the 10 countries tracked by Nielsen//NetRatings.

The increase amounts to the addition of almost 3.3 million active users. The largest growth occurred in Spain (6.56 percent growth); Germany (3.93 percent); Australia (3.55 percent); and Japan (3.08 percent).

A reduction in the number of active users was seen in Italy (1.93 percent loss); Switzerland (1.43 percent); Brazil (1.38 percent); and the U.S. (0.26 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, April and May 2006
Country April
2006
May
2006
Change (%) One-Month Difference
Australia 10,222,090 10,585,433 3.55 363,343
Brazil 13,431,424 13,246,186 -1.38 -185,238
France 17,907,014 18,414,460 2.83 507,446
Germany 32,112,698 33,373,792 3.93 1,261,093
Italy 17,280,253 16,946,925 -1.93 -333,329
Japan 41,139,368 42,405,468 3.08 1,266,100
Spain 11,715,596 12,484,324 6.56 768,728
Switzerland 3,824,662 3,769,940 -1.43 -54,722
U.K. 24,200,841 24,235,940 0.15 35,098
U.S. 143,596,769 143,229,214 -0.26 -367,554
Total 315,430,716 318,691,682 1.03 3,260,966
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, 2006

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