We Spent More Online Yesterday Than Ever Before

Online sales jumped 21% this Cyber Monday compared to last year

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 3, 2013 9:12 AM CST

(Newser) – Black Friday may have been a bit of a retail disappointment, but Cyber Monday certainly wasn't. Online sales were up 21% compared to last year, according to IBM figures as reported by the Wall Street Journal. (No media outlets seem to be reporting a final figure, but Cyber Monday spending clocked in at $1.46 billion last year, per ComScore.) "Cyber Monday is well on its way to being the biggest online shopping day in history," an analyst told USA Today before the day was done, and that does indeed seem to be the case.

Amazon and eBay saw huge gains: As of 6pm yesterday, Amazon had seen sales jump 44% from last year, and eBay sales had climbed 32%. Key to the online shopping bonanza were mobile devices, which took a 17% slice of the total online sales pie; that's up 55% year over year.

Amazon.com employees organize outbound packages at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center on Cyber Monday.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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