Cyber Monday Records Expected

    The Target web site is shown on a computer screen at a coffee shop in Providence, R.I. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Online sales on Cyber Monday, which was started in 2005 by a retail trade group to encourage Americans to shop online on the Monday after Thanksgiving, were up mid-afternoon by 15 percent from a year ago, according to data from IBM Benchmark. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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    There’s no one to punch in the digital checkout line. Apart from less violence than on Black Friday, researchers at ComScore said Americans can expect to see sales of $1.5 billion on Cyber Monday—another holiday-season shopping day first cooked up in 2005. That would make it the largest online shopping day of the year, with a 20 percent increase over last year. Online retailers have begun to play into the digital-shopping surge. Amazon.com launched sales at midnight Monday, as did Sears and Kmart.

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