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E-commerce spending in Canada tops $15 billion

Online shoppers in Canada last year spent C$15.30 billion (US$15.02 billion) on goods and services purchased over the Internet, according to a report from Statistics Canada, the agency that conducts the country’s census and collects economic data.

Though the 2010 web spending figures represent a slight, 1.3% increase over the C$15.10 billion (US$14.82 billion) reported for 2009, Ben Veenhof, an analyst for the agency, warned against comparing the figures from last year with previous reports.

That’s because Statistics Canada significantly redesigned its e-commerce spending survey for 2010, he says; in general, previous surveys measured online activities only from home, while the most recent survey also measured online activities from other locations accessed in some cases from mobile devices.

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