Online Thanksgiving Sales Jump

    SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 24:  Staff at the Amazon Swansea fulfilment centre process orders as they prepare their busiest time of the year on November 24, 2011 in Swansea, Wales. The 800,000 sq ft fulfilment centre, one the largest of Amazon's six in the UK and the also the world, is gearing up for for both 'Black Friday' and 'Cyber Monday'. Black Friday is traditionally the discount shopping day that follows Thanksgiving in America and signals the start of the Christmas shopping period. In 2010 it is was reported that over 45bn USD was spent by shoppers in America over 'Black Friday' weekend. Cyber Monday, which this year is Monday December 5, and is predicted to be the UK's busiest online shopping day of the year with over 2 million orders expected to be made.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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    Well, at least if shoppers stay at home, they’re less likely to attack each other. Web-savvy retailers saw a huge increase in online sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. According to a new IBM report, during the holiday itself, online sales rose 17.4 percent. On Black Friday, many customers avoided stampeding lines and shopped online—technology company ShopperTrak finds that consumers spent $11.2 billion at stores across the U.S. That figure is down 1.8 percent from last year's total. 

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