Retail e-commerce sales in the latest fourth quarter rose 67.1% from the year-ago period, statistics from the

Commerce Department

indicated.

E-commerce sales for the quarter rose to $8.7 billion, up from $5.2 billion in fourth quarter of 1999. Total retail sales for quarter were estimated to be $856.2 billion. Online sales represented about 1% of the total. In the year-ago period, e-commerce sales totaled 0.6% of retail sales.

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Total retail sales for the quarter rose 4.2% from the same period a year ago.