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Online Holiday Sales Slip for 2008
A new report says that the holidays weren't all that happy for some web retailers.
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Online sales fell 3 percent from last year, says a new report from marketing research firm comScore.
January 02, 2009 by Rachel Cericola

Did you buy any gifts online this year? For many, it’s the only way to shop. However, it seems that less people were spending this season.

A new report from comScore (via Reuters) says that online spending fell 3 percent, when compared with last year’s numbers. The report does not take into account any last-minute shoppers that were clicking after December 23.

Those lower numbers might have something to do with the economy, but the Reuters report also cites the fact that we had five fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Still, the amount spent between November and December came in around the $25.5 billion mark. Sites such as eBay (85.4 million visitors), Amazon (76.2 million) and Apple (35 million) most likely scored the most of that cash. Walmart also saw a 4 percent increase in its traffic.

Did you do any online shopping this season? What are some of your favorite sites for prices and customer service? Sound off in the comments section below.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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