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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Another $5.9 Billion Dollar Week for Online Holiday Sales

For the second consecutive week, online sales hit the $5.9 billion mark and saw growth rates remain in line with the season-to-date at 15-percent, reports comScore, which measures digital data.

In addition, the most recent week (ending December 9) had three days surpassing $1 billion in sales, the Reston, Va.-based company reports. For the holiday season-to-date, six individual days have surpassed the billion dollar threshold, led by Cyber Monday at $1.25 billion.

“These highlights represent another very positive sign for the holiday shopping season, said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. The week following ‘Cyber Week’ (which includes Cyber Monday the Monday after Black Friday) often experiences relative softness in spending momentum due to retailers pulling back on their promotional activity. As we enter what will be the heaviest week of the season for online retailers … all signs are now pointing to a strong finish to the season.”

This season has been a coming out of sorts for online retail. Since comScore began tracking e-commerce spending in 2001, seven individual shopping days have surpassed $1 billion in spending. Six of those days occurred this year. To date, Cyber Monday 2011 (Nov. 28) ranks as the heaviest online spending day in history at $1.25 billion. Leading off this most recent week of the holiday season, December 5, now ranks as the second heaviest spending day in history at $1.18 billion, followed by November 29 at $1.12 billion, and December 6 at $1.11 billion. Cyber Monday 2010 (Monday, November 29, 2010) rounds out the top five at $1.03 billion.

Retail e-commerce spending for the first 39 days of the November – December 2011 holiday season has reached $24.6 billion, a 15-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year.