Brits are more likely to purchase goods using eBay's mobile app than any other European nation, says the online auction site.

eBay revealed that an item is purchased on average every two seconds through the eBay buyer app in the UK. Worldwide, the apps now account for nearly $2bn in sales, which is up on the $600m generated from mobile sales in 2009.

Furthermore, 13 pieces of clothing, pairs of shoes and accessories are sold every minute through eBay's mobile apps worldwide, while 94 bids made every minute using the mobile apps.

The online auction site also said its mobile apps have been downloaded more than 30 million times in eight languages and over 190 countries. Apple's iPhone remains the most popular platform, with the iPhone app downloaded by 15 million users worldwide, since its release in 2008.

"It's staggering to think that $2bn of sales has been generated through a platform that didn't exist a couple of years ago, and on a device that didn't exist three years ago," said Clare Gilmartin, vice-president of eBay Europe.

"We're defining the mobile commerce landscape, by offering convenience for consumers. We've made it easier for people to shop when they want, how they want and where they want. With the number of mobile internet users growing rapidly, the potential for growth is huge."

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