Online sales by UK businesses rose to £163 billion over 2007, according to new figures by the Office for National Statistics.

The increase of 30 per cent is in comparison to the 2006 amount of £125.2 billion, with results based on businesses with 10 or more employees.

In news that may be of interest to website marketing companies, the survey shows large increases in the value of trade on the internet, with online sales representing 7.7 per cent of the total value of all transactions by non-financial sector businesses that year.

The news that only 70.3 per cent of businesses had a website may also come as a surprise to search engine marketing specialists.

Meanwhile, an Ofcom poll has found the UK to have 19 per cent of total advertising online.

As a result, the country has been placed highest among the locations surveyed, which included Sweden and the US.

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