8166.0 - Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2007-08 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/06/2009
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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)
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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