Online Holiday Spending Up 14 Percent to Record $42 Billion

Online Holiday Spending Up 14 Percent to Record $42 Billion

Consumers in the United States spent a record $42.3 billion online during the past holiday season according to data released by comScore.

This was a 14 percent increase in online sales from 2011 when consumers spent $37.2 billion.

Holiday shopping is defined as online sales from November 1 through December 31.

Several days posted extremely strong volume.

  • Black Friday online sales increased 28 percent over year-ago levels, exceeding $1 billion.
  • Cyber Monday sales jumped 17 percent to $1.465 billion.
  • The biggest jump occurred on Free Shipping Day, which took place on December 17. Online sales topped $1 billion, a 76 percent increase over 2011 levels.