SPORTS equipment is the latest online item to attract a large number of customers to Ireland.
The country is the world’s third-largest market for sports equipment, with an estimated 1.7 million sporting goods online, according to a report by e-commerce site O2.
The Irish Independent has seen figures from online sales in Ireland from February 2017.
The figure includes items sold at online retailers such as e-tailer site B&M, and e-grocery store The Stash.
There were also 3,400 online sales from January to March 2017, according the report.
Sports gear is a significant part of the country’s economy, accounting for nearly half of Ireland’s GDP, with sports equipment accounting for around 14% of total exports.
The majority of the revenue is generated from the sale of sports equipment such as gloves and helmets, which are made in Ireland.
Sport equipment sales are likely to increase in the coming years, with the demand expected to continue to increase as a result of a combination of a growing economy and an expected increase in international interest in the sport.
However, there is also a risk of a lack of demand for the sport equipment, and that could affect its retail price.
In 2016, there was an increase in sports equipment sales of €1.8bn in the UK, but the UK is currently the biggest market for Irish goods online.
The online market is expected to grow from around €300m in 2020 to €2.5bn by 2021, according e-store site Amazon.com.
The increase in online sales comes as the number of sporting goods sellers in Ireland is expected increase, with e-stores accounting for more than half of the market.
As well as the UK and Ireland, other major markets such as France and Germany are expected to see growth, with growth expected to accelerate in the next two years.