E-commerce up 39% in UK

Online shopping and other forms of e-commerce grew by 39% in the UK in 2002, compared to the previous year. The Office for National Statistics said the ?23.3bn spent over the net in 2002 made up 1.2% of all sales that year. Most sales were in the wholesale, retail, catering, travel and telecommunications sectors. The news comes as analysts predict e-spending over the Christmas holiday period could be worth ?3.3bn, boosted by the spread of broadband services.

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