IRISH shoppers lag behind their nearest neighbours when it comes to online purchasing.
A new Eurostat survey shows that Irish consumers buy less stuff online than the European average and we're particularly far behind the British for making internet purchases.
People here are particularly reluctant to do their grocery shopping online – just 6pc of Irish shoppers did so in 2012.
Although that's twice as many as had bought food online back in 2008, it's way behind the UK where one-in-five shoppers now buys groceries online.
It's also well behind the EU average as almost one-in-10 Europeans buys groceries over the internet.
Overall, 57pc of Irish shoppers made an internet purchase in the last 12 months, which is behind the EU average of 59pc and far below the UK rate of 82pc.
However, far more of us are buying online than in 2008.
When it came to making travel arrangements, however, Irish people are ahead of the pack – 43pc of us had purchased travel or accommodation online, which was more that the EU average of 33pc.