New figures show that holiday spending online in the United States was up 5% in 2009, compared with the same period the year before. Overall holiday sales reached US$27.12 billion from the beginning November through until Christmas Eve in the US.
However, there was an extra shopping day compared with 2008, and when the figures were adjusted, they reflected a 3.5% rise. Consumer electronics were the biggest hit, rising over 20% for the holiday period.
Jewellery and watches also did well. In 2008 online sales fell 3%, compared with the holiday season in 2007.