Online Shopping Jumps 16.4 % on Christmas Day

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New York, NY (AP) - A growing number of shoppers apparently need only the briefest of breaks before diving back in, especially if they can log in to shop.

IBM found that online shopping jumped 16.4 percent on Christmas Day over last year, and the dollar amount of those purchases that were made using mobile devices leaped 172.9 percent.

IBM tracks shopping at more than 500 websites other than, which is the largest. It found a huge increase in the number of shoppers making their purchases with iPhones, iPads and Android-powered mobile devices.

In fact, nearly 7 percent of all online purchases were made using iPads, just 18 months after the tablet computers were released by Apple Inc., said John Squire, chief strategy officer for IBM's Smarter Commerce unit.

The online uptick was continuing on Monday. As of 3 p.m. Eastern time, shopping was up 10 percent over Dec. 26, 2010. And the expectation was that the pace of buying would increase as the day wore on and consumers clicked on sales at various retailers.

Squire said consumers were chasing sales on both Sunday and Monday. The data did not show what portion of purchases was made using gift cards.

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  • by M on Dec 26, 2011 at 05:05 PM
    Wonder how many of the on-line buyers were doing it to AVOID paying sales tax? And my guess is that ALL of those buyers will report to the various Revenue Departments that they owe and are paying the USE TAX. Yeah, sure...just about the same number of buyers as there are pigs that can fly!
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      by Dania on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:27 AM in reply to M
      If one could find the same deals in Tallahassee and save time and gas money, then local stores might have benefitted. However, some online deals are just THAT good.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 07:12 AM in reply to M
      When I buy online, I do so because it's cheaper than anywhere in town. I buy a lot of high-end computer parts,and the places around here where I can get them are 20-30% more expensive than where I usually get them online. Also I am not rich, and don't shop on an Iphone.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    Rich people shop with Ipnones and all that not people suffering from Obamanomics
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      by Dania on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:27 AM in reply to
      You are obviously suffering from poor spelling and poor grammar. Hope you got that dictionary and a spell check for Christmas.
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      by LOL on Dec 27, 2011 at 09:55 AM in reply to
      you just described the occupiers...
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