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A MAJORITY of Irish companies expects to move sales online this year, with more than half predicting at least 10pc of their revenue from internet trade in 2014.

The online sales trend, recorded by Amarach and McCann FitzGerald, marks a shift in attitudes from companies, which have been reluctant to invest in internet trade channels up to now.

In 2013, 69pc of Irish companies recorded less than 10pc of sales online, according to the research. However, that figure is set to fall to just 49pc this year, according to the same companies. And while 47pc of Irish companies took in no sales at all online last year, only 35pc intend to stay away from internet sales this year.