Nov. 17, 2006 -- E-commerce sales rose by 3.4 percent in the third quarter to $25.6 billion, the Commerce Department reported today.

Online sales, which accounted for 2.6 percent of all retail sales for the July-Sept. quarter, were up 20.4 percent on a year-on-year basis, compared to 4.8 percent for total retail sales over the same period, the report said.

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