US e-commerce sales rose by over a fifth in the second quarter of the year, according to new figures from the Commerce Department.

The period saw online retailers generating adjusted income of $33.6bn, an increase of 6.4% from Q1 and 20.8% from the same period in 2006.  

E-commerce now represents 3.3% of the $1trillion-plus retail market in the US, according to the data (via MarketingVOX).

Overall, the retail sector grew 3.8% year-on-year in the quarter.

This side of the pond, Q2 saw etailers’ turnover increasing 52.5%, according to recent figures from the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG).

July also went on to be a record month for the sector – sales went up 80% as bad weather persuaded more consumers to do their shopping online.

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