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VANCOUVER Baseer Khudayar knows full well the power of the Internet.The 21 year old manager and co owner of Zelen Shoes Inc., which opened its Vancouver store in September 2009 and a second Surrey store this month, is benefiting from the growing trend of rising Internet sales across the economic landscape.And nowhere is that more true than in British Columbia, which, according to a Statistics Canada survey released Monday, leads the country in e commerce.”I did expect [Internet sales] to do well, but not so well so fast,” Khudayar, who owns Zelen Shoes with two brothers, said in an interview.”We sold about 200 [pairs of shoes] in August, about 15 per cent of our sales.”A StatsCan survey released Monday, entitled E Commerce; Shopping on the Internet, concluded that Canadians used the Internet in 2009 to place orders for goods and services valued at $15.1 billion, up from $12.8 billion in 2007.In 2009, about 39 per cent of Canadians aged 16 and over used the Internet to place more than 95 million orders.That was up from 32 per cent and the 70 million orders placed in 2007, when the survey was last conducted. 47 per cent made an online order in 2009, up from 36 per cent in 2007.The next highest was Alberta, with 45 per cent, and the lowest use of online orders was in Quebec, at 34 per cent. had the largest percentage of shoppers making online orders,
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the average value of orders per person per year dropped from $1,754 in 2007 to $1,621 in 2009. was $169 in 2009, higher than the Canadian average of $158. because it’s a relatively wealthy province and relatively young, both factors in higher use of the Internet.”And Vancouver has a relatively younger demographic. residents may have a higher level of education.”McKeown said the drop in overall annual purchase values likely reflects the economic downturn in 2009.According to the StatsCan survey, the most common types of online orders are travel services; entertainment products such as concert tickets; books and magazines; and clothing, jewelry and accessories.As well, men (28 per cent) were twice as likely as women (13 per cent) to order consumer electronics online.However, 48 per cent of Canadians remain concerned about online credit card use.Khudayar who carries just four brands, Converse, Vans, Dr. Martens, and Zelen (the house brand) sees Internet sales growing sharply in the coming months.He even considers Internet sales his “third” store, noting that it rivals the number of sales at his Surrey storefront.”We’re revamping our full Internet site,” Khudayar said.”[When we’re finished], we expect our online sales to triple in four months.”From Calgary hockey player to alleged drug kingpinIntroverted and odd. That how former friends and teammates remember a Calgary man accused of running a prolific multimillion dollar, city based international drug cartel one investigators have linked to both Mexican narcotics rings and a brazen 2017 double homicide. Notoriously difficult to cultivate and even harder to stumble across in the wild, truffles are considered a rare delicacy,
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