8166.0 - Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business, 2008-09 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/06/2010
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Value of orders received over the Internet up 52%: ABS
Australian business Internet income increased by 52% in the twelve months to 2008-09, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The value of these orders represents $123 billion, up from $81 billion in 2007-08.
Twenty-seven per cent of all business received orders via the Internet. This equated to 193,000 businesses in Australia, an increase of approximately 25,000 businesses over twelve months.
Businesses reporting a web presence increased from 36% to 42%. The majority of all large businesses had a web presence (95%), compared to almost one-third of micro businesses (31%).
Innovation in Australian business
Australian businesses reduced their innovative activity by 11% in 2008-09, including the development or introduction of new or significantly improved goods, services, processes or methods. New marketing methods was the only broad type of innovation to record a noticeable increase compared to the previous year.
Large businesses were more than twice as likely to undertake innovative activity than micro businesses (67% compared to 33%).
Over half of all business in the Wholesale trade industry reported being innovation-active, the highest of any industry.
Further information is available in Summary of IT Use and Innovation in Australian Business (cat. no. 8166.0).
When reporting ABS data the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.
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