TORONTO - A survey by SES Canada Research found that small businesses in Canada had bought and sold approximately $760 million online within the last 12 months, a $90 million increase over the last survey.

Forty-one percent of the decision-makers at the 1,000 companies surveyed had bought or sold something over the Internet between spring 1999 and spring 2000, up 14%.

Fifty-seven percent of the executives said they planned to buy or sell over the Internet during the next year, an increase of 16% from the previous survey.

Three-fourths said they used the Internet.

"While the number of small businesses using the Internet has remained flat over the past six months, those who are using the Internet are engaging in buying and selling online at a faster rate," said Nik Nanos, managing director of SES.

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