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E-Commerce is defined by the Census Bureau as transactions sold on-line whether over open networks such as the Internet or proprietary networks running systems such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Currently, in the Economic Census, e-commerce data is avaialble for industries that have e-commerce as a primary business function (e.g Industry 45411121 Electronic shopping, computer hardware and software).

To improve access to e-commerce statistics, the Census Bureau releases the E-Stats report on a yearly basis. E-Stats covers the manufacturing; merchant wholesale trade; retail trade sectors; and selected service industries. The data is limited to E commerce sales totals. It compiles data from the following surveys:

More detailed e-commerce data at the firm level can be found in the Survey of Business Owners and at the establishment level in the Economic Census of Island Areas.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Economic Planning and Coordination Division | 1-877-790-1876 | Last Revised: May 22, 2014