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SPECIAL REPORT: One-third of firms making online purchases

OTTAWA, Ont. -- The proportion of Canadian businesses buying goods and services over the Internet continued to grow...


OTTAWA, Ont. — The proportion of Canadian businesses buying goods and services over the Internet continued to grow in 2002.

About 32% of firms bought goods or services over the Internet, up from 22% in 2001 and 18% in 2000, the latest Staistics Canada report indicates. These same businesses accounted for 65% of all gross business income in Canada.

Among businesses that did not buy or sell over the Internet, 48% believed that their goods or services did not lend themselves to Internet transactions. About 37% preferred to maintain their current business model. Smaller proportions of these enterprises felt that security was a concern, or that the cost of development and maintenance of a website enabled for e-commerce was too high.


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