A survey of 3,000 executives at industrial companies has found that 40% buy supplies on-line at least once a week and 55% expect to increase their buying on the Internet.

The survey, by Thomas Register and Visa U.S.A., showed that some companies are spending large sums over the Internet. One-fourth said they bought $1,000 to $10,000 worth of goods a month this way, and another 8% spent more than that.

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