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Statistics Canada found Canadian online retail orders jumped 24 per cent from 2010 to 2012.
Statistics Canada found Canadian online retail orders jumped 24 per cent from 2010 to 2012.
(Scott Sady/AP)

Slow out of online gate, can Canadian retailers make up lost ground?

Canada’s online retail business still looks like a toddler. It grows in big spurts every time you look at it – but that’s a reminder of how much growing it still has to do, and how stunted its development looks compared with its cousin to the south.

Statistics Canada reported Monday that the value of online retail orders totalled $18.9-billion in 2012, up 24 per cent from 2010, the last time the national statistical agency conducted a survey of online shopping and Internet usage. Considering total retail sales rose a modest 6.7 per cent in the same period, this looks like a veritable online boom.