Google Chief says Europe failing to exploit the commercial power of the internet


The European head of Google, the giant internet company, has warned that Europe still lags behind the US in exploiting the commercial power of the internet. Nikesh Arora, the vice president of Google’s operations in Europe, said British and European businesses needed to focus more on building their online operations to meet consumer demand.
Speaking on the eve of Google’s “Zeitgeist Europe” conference in Hertfordshire, which will be attended by 250 top European executives, he said: “The internet will change the shape of commerce, advertising, newspapers, entertainment. . . of most industries it touches.
“Europe has not embraced the internet as a commerce platform as much as the US.”
Europe is failing to exploit internet, says Google chief
Surprising statement in view of the UK’s ferocious uptake of the internet and the recent online economy results. But justified, when comparing the percent of retail sales transacted online in Europe and US.
Nikesh Arora was likely addressing the retailers in Europe, where the figure is still 10 times lower than in the UK. Nikesh’s communication drive seems to be impacting German, Italian and French media and blogs most, while the UK and US media is focusing on Google’s assumed role in the market.

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