Internet sales by businesses in the UK (total value and as a percentage of all retail sales) and the percentage of businesses that have a website and broadband connection. These figures indicate the importance of the internet to UK businesses.
E-commerce sales by businesses in the UK non-financial sector were £511 billion in 2016, up from £503 billion in 2015.
E-commerce sales were made up of £236 billion website sales and £274 electronic data interchange (EDI) sales (business-to-business sales).
While 62% of businesses with 1,000 or more employees benefit from superfast broadband, with an internet speed of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) or more, only 5.8% of businesses with less than 10 employees had this internet speed.
In 2014, as the consequence of a 2013 European Union e-commerce taskforce, chaired by Lord Young of Graffham, the Office for National Statistics began a project to consider how it could contribute to the monitoring of e-commerce nationally. This report proposes the use of an indicator set, combining a dashboard approach alongside an interactive graphic, and sets out some potential future developments.