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Town's buying boom.

Byline: Andrew Baldwin ,

Huddersfield has emerged as a hotspot of internet auction site eBay.

Almost a quarter of the town's population is registered to trade on the site.

It's the 19th highest figure of anywhere in Britain.

The figure puts cities such as Glasgow (36th), Sheffield (51st) and Leeds (65th) in the shade.

The numbers were released as eBay prepares to list its 10millionth user since launching its UK site in 1999.

A spokesman said: "There's still enormous room for growth as the rest of the public and businesses alike wake up to the opportunities offered by eBay's huge audience of users."

Norwich is named as eBay capital of the UK, with 44% of its population registered as users.

Cambridge is second with 40% of its population signed up to trade online.

Reading came third on 39% and Ilford in Essex was fourth with 37%.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2005
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