ON­LINE BUSI­NESS BOOM­ING IN CANADA

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Cana­dian businesses sold more than $136 bil­lion in goods and ser­vices over the In­ter­net in 2013, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from Sta­tis­tics Canada. The re­port in­di­cated that on­line sales rose from $122 bil­lion in 2012 to more than $136 bil­lion in 2013. Large com­pa­nies, i.e. those with 100 or more em­ploy­ees, ac­counted for nearly all of the growth in the value of on­line sales in 2013.

Ap­prox­i­mately 61% of sales came from the whole­sale trade, man­u­fac­tur­ing and re­tail in­dus­tries, while the ser­vice sec­tor’s share grew from 11% in 2012 to 13% in 2013.

The com­pa­nies sur­veyed with the abil­ity to sell on­line said that al­most a quar­ter of their en­tire sales hap­pened there. Mean­while, al­most half of all com­pa­nies pur­chased goods or ser­vices on­line in 2013.

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