[LINK] ABS - Business Use of IT. Internet income up 20%

Sylvano sylvano at gnomon.com.au
Fri Jun 26 10:59:10 EST 2009

Summary below, with excel data at ABS site.

Business more innovative, internet income up 20%: ABS

Nearly half of all Australian businesses (45%) undertook some form of
innovative activity - including the development or introduction of new or
significantly improved goods, services, processes or methods - last
financial year, according to a report released today by the Australian
Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Innovative activity increased 22% on the previous year.

Approximately six businesses in ten (59%) within the wholesale trade
industry reported being innovation-active, the highest of any industry.

The survey also found that large businesses were almost twice as likely to
be innovative than small businesses (71% compared to 37%).

Use of IT

Although the proportion of businesses receiving orders over the internet
was relatively unchanged at 24%, the income received from internet orders
rose by 20% to $81 billion.

Over one-third (36%) of businesses have a web presence. Large businesses
(96%) were more than three times as likely to have a web presence than
small businesses (27%).

Broadband reinforced its dominance, with 94% of businesses with internet
access having a broadband connection. There was minimal variation at the
industry level, ranging from 88% to 99%.

Further information is available in Summary of IT Use and Innovation in
Australian Business (cat. no. 8166.0)

Media Note:
Internet income is defined as income resulting from goods and services
ordered over the Internet where the commitment to purchase is via the
Internet or web.


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