February 13, 2006, 12:00 AM

Online spending stays strong, up 31% in 2006`s week 3

Online sales were up 31% in the third week of the year over a year ago, reaching $1.82 billion from $1.38 billion a year earlier, comScore Networks Inc. reports.

Kurt Peters

Executive Editor

Consumer online retail spending growth continued its hot growth during the third week in January, when online sales were up 31% over the corresponding week a year ago, comScore Networks Inc. reports. Sales reached $1.82 billion for the week ending Jan. 22 from $1.38 billion a year earlier. Online sales the previous week were up 33% over the corresponding week a year earlier, and 35% the week before that, comScore reported.

By comparison, ShopperTrak’s National Retail Sales Estimate reports that total retail sales grew 10.4% for the week ending Jan. 21 compared to the comparable week a year ago. ShopperTrak says the strong growth reflected a week of weak sales a year when a blizzard hits parts of the Midwest and the Northeast.

Online travel sales for the week ending Jan. 22 reached $1.13 billion, up 12% from $1 billion in the corresponding week a year ago, comScore reports.

ComScore executive John Miniati, is speaking at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition June 5-7 in Chicago on Who`s Online and How Do You Reach Them?

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