Feeds

UK.biz likes buying online

Less keen to sell there

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

UK Businesses are buying goods and services over the web in increasing numbers. The latest government figures show that 29 per cent of companies bought online in 2003, up 13 per cent from 2002. Broadband has been more widely adopted too: one in four companies had a fast connection by 2003, compared to one in seven the year before.

The figures, part of the government's annual e-commerce survey, show that although big businesses tend to buy more online, smaller companies are adopting new technologies at a much faster rate than their larger cousins.

The report is based on a survey of 12,000 businesses in the UK,excluding those in the financial sector. Overall, 70 per cent of businesses use a personal computer of some kind, and 62 per cent have internet access.

As well as buying more online, businesses are selling more goods in the virtual arena too, although the growth here is very small and seems to be hitting a plateau. In 2002, just four percent of UK companies had an e-tail outlet. By 2003, this had risen to five per cent. This cautious growth is mirrored in the number of businesses with any kind of web presence, up just two per cent to 31 per cent in 2003.

A breakdown of the value of e-commerce in the UK will be published later this month, the government said. ®

Related stories

Sainsbury's suspends online discounts
UK.biz urged to get online
Consumers hit by net security jitters

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.