November 21, 2005, 12:00 AM

Online holiday sales take off with a 39% boost for week ending Oct. 30

The Christmas shopping season seems well under way online, according to the latest numbers from comScore Networks. Online sales for the week ending Oct. 30 grew 39% over the prior year, reaching $1.77 billion.

Kurt Peters

Executive Editor

 

The Christmas shopping season seems well under way online, according to the latest numbers from comScore Networks Inc.

Online sales for the week ending Oct. 30 grew 39% year-over-year, reaching $1.77 billion from $1.27 billion in the corresponding week a year ago, comScore reports. It’s the strongest weekly growth since a 45% year-over-year increase for the week ending March 20.

By comparison, total retail sales for the week ending Oct 29 were up 3.9% from the same week a year ago, reports ShopperTrak’s National Retail Sales Estimate.

Online travel sales for week ending Oct. 3o were up 38% to $1.52 billion from $1.11 billion in the corresponding week a year ago, comScore reports.

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