Almost one in five pounds pulled in by UK business came through an online sale, the Office of National Statistics has found. Despite the fact 1 in 5 firms still don't have a website!
E-commerce and ICT activity
in 2011. That means that e-sales pulled in £483 billion to the British
economy in 2011. Ecommerce as a percentage of total UK sales revenue has
crept up from 18 per cent in 2010.
Website sales to consumers were 5 per cent of total turnover in 2011,
with the rest attributable to sales to business. The sector making most
use of e-sales was Wholesale, which netted 31 per cent of online sales
pounds from consumers, and 40 per cent of the UK's online sales revenue
The manufacturing sector was making strong use of e-commerce too - taking 40 per cent of e-sales to business.
When it came to online consumer pounds, Britain's information and
communication industry performed well, pulling in 16 per cent of the
total pie. Retail took 14 per cent, Transport and storage took 10 per
The construction, food and accommodation sectors saw the lowest percentage of their sales come through the internet.
The UK keeps its position as one of the most ecommerce-centric
countries in Europe. In 2010 data the UK is joint fifth with Norway for
penetration of ecommerce. Behind Finland, Sweden, Hungary and the Czech
Republic at the top of the list, where 25 per cent of sales are
conducted through the internet.
The ONS also found that 93 per cent of businesses had broadband internet and 81 per cent had a website.
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