E-commerce sales represented 19% of Annual Business Survey (ABS) total turnover in 2011, up from 18% in 2010.
Total e-commerce sales are estimated by aggregating sales received over a website and sales received over Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). EDI is the computer-to-computer exchange of documents in a standard electronic format. In 2011, the estimated value of e-commerce sales was £483 billion.
In 2008, total e-commerce sales were valued at £335 billion. In 2011 this had reached £483 billion, an increase of £148 billion, based on current prices. The average yearly growth in e-commerce sales since 2008 was 13% over the period 2008 to 2011, with total growth since 2008 of 44%.
Other key points from this release are:
Website sales represented 5.0% of total turnover in 2011, up from 4.6% in 2010;
In 2011, 93% of businesses had broadband internet and 81% had a website;
5.8% of businesses had broadband with a connection of 100Mbps or more, with 34% of the largest businesses (1000 or more employees) using this high speed broadband.
Source: Office for National Statistics
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