Economic development and e-commerce

According to the most recent E-Stats report from the U.S. Census, retail consumers in the United States spent $145 billion online in 2009. However, that represents only 4.0 percent of total U.S. 2009 retail sales of $3.6 trillion.

QUESTION: In 2009, U.S. manufacturing shipments totaled $4.4 trillion. What percentage of the $4.4 trillion in manufacturing shipments was attributable to e- commerce in 2009?

A. 13 percent
B. 25 percent
C. 42 percent
D. 88 percent

C. 42 percent
In 2009, U.S. manufacturers’ shipments totaled $4.4 trillion. E-Stats reports that almost $1.9 trillion (42 percent) of the $4.4 trillion was attributable to e-commerce.

It bears repeating: What do you think, is adequate, reliable, fast internet access (i.e. broadband) important to local economic development?

The complete U.S. Census E-Stats is available at: