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Two of the UK's biggest high street names have seen their online sales grow. 

Sports equipment and clothing store Sports Direct has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2013, which show ecommerce now accounts for 15 per cent of its total sales.

The company's overall sales were up by 14.3 per cent to £317.4 million and its gross profit grew by 22.7 per cent to £128.6 million. 

Meanwhile, John Lewis has announced that its annual online sales have now passed the £1 billion mark. The retailer had not expected to reach this figure until 2014.

"Passing the £1 billion milestone almost an entire year ahead of schedule is a fantastic achievement for us and a reflection of how central online shopping has become to our customers,” said Mark Lewis, who recently joined John Lewis as online director.

The news coincides with the launch of the company's new web platform, which represents an investment of almost £40 million and is designed to support the division's future online growth.

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