Just 13% of large UK companies use the Internet for e-commerce, a survey from Banner has found.
The annual Banner survey of purchasing and readership habits of IT decision makers also highlighted a striking disparity between the UK's north and south east in IT adoption, budget allocation and other areas.
Researchers interviewed 4,584 IT decision makers and issued the findings last week.
Among the 296 respondents from firms with more than 500 employees, the use of the Internet for e-commerce has gone up from 8% in 1998 to 13% in 1999.
However, 89% of these businesses are online, so the findings reinforced an earlier survey showing that UK businesses are still mainly using their Web sites as glorified brochures.
Almost one in five businesses with more than 500 employees said they offer services to their customers online.
A third of large companies said they had an intranet, and 12% said they had opened up their intranets to partners and suppliers to form an extranet.
The difference in IT uptake between the north and the south east of England was most apparent in the budget available to IT managers, which showed that IT managers in the north were allocated an average of £116,993, compared with an £202,145 average in the south east.
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