47 percent of companies use social media to find new business

Survey shows a 7 percent increase from last year.

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More global firms are turning to social media to find new business, according to Regus survey via TheStreet.com.

China and India lead the pack: 65 percent of Chinese firms (versus 44 percent last year) and 61 percent of Indian companies (versus 52 percent last year) successfully use social media to acquire new customers.

Next are the Netherlands and Mexico.

Forty-three percent of U.S. firms (versus 35 percent in 2010) use social media to gain customers, the report says, implying there is room for growth.

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