Online Holiday Spending Gains 14 Percent Over Last Year
January 4, 2013,
RESTON, Va.-Retail e-commerce spending during the just-completed holiday season totaled $42.3 billion, up 14 percent over the prior year's holiday season, according to digital business information provider comScore.
The company said several days brought particularly strong growth--including Free Shipping Day (Dec. 17), during which e-commerce sales jumped 76 percent; and Christmas Day, with a 36 percent increase. The season, which combined shopping during November and December, also brought weaker periods in growth, most notably in the early- to mid-December period, which comScore attributed to a "swoon" in consumer confidence. The company added that growth rates never fully recovered from that laggard period.