January 31, 2009 / 2:38 PM / 11 years ago

Nike CEO sees big jump in online sales

Nike Chief Executive Mark Parker poses with the Nike Pegasus 25 running shoe after the Nike Considered Design news conference in New York October 28, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Nike is experiencing a sharp increase in online sales, driven in part by cost-conscious shoppers conserving gasoline, the U.S. company’s chief executive said on Saturday.

“We’ve seen a fairly dramatic increase in online sales,” Mark Parker told a panel at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Industry analysts say the online sector continues to grow as more shoppers opt to shop on the Internet for convenience and the ability to compare bargains.

Nike, the world’s largest athletic shoe and clothing maker, last month reported a 9 percent rise in quarterly net profit, showing its relatively resilience to the sluggish consumer environment around the world.

Reporting by Ben Hirschler; editing by Simon Jessop

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