Sales over the internet in the UK grew 81 per cent last year compared to the previous year, according to an e-commerce survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Total sales reached £71.1bn, while sales to households grew 67 per cent to £18bn. Nearly seven per cent of UK firms are now selling goods and services using their own e-commerce website.
The survey also found that companies with 1,000 or more employees nearly all have a website and broadband connection.
Internet purchases by businesses rose 64.6 per cent, from £37.9bn in 2003 to £62.4 billion in 2004.
Some 34 per cent of businesses had a website in 2004, compared to 31 per cent in 2003. Of businesses with 1,000 or more employees, 98 per cent had a website in 2004.
For businesses with an internet connection, the use of broadband as the primary connection method rose from 26 per cent in 2003 to 42 per cent in 2004, an increase of 65 per cent.
The ONS contacted 12,000 UK businesses for the survey, which is now in its fifth year.
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