US small businesses to spend $7.4 bln on Web hosting in 2009

Small business spending on Web hosting alone is growing by 9.5% annually and will top $7.4 bln by 2009, IDC says. Internet access will become more widespread and roughly 80% of all small businesses will have Internet access by the end of 2009. Internet use for promotional purposes will continue to increase and 83.33% of small businesses will have a home page by 2009. Online selling, while increasingly easy to implement, will remain relatively rare and only 25% of small businesses will use e-commerce by 2009.