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Thanks To Free Shipping Offers, Online Holiday Sales Surge 16 Percent To $39B

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http://techcrunch.com – Holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 51 days of season is up 16 percent to $38.7 billion, according to comScore. This past week, which was the last full week consumers could order gifts online and receive them in time for Christmas, saw Free Shipping Day (Monday, Dec. 17) bring in $1.01 billion in spending. This past week brought in a whopping 53 percent increase in spending, thanks to free shipping offers. comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni said that the combination of Free Shipping Day with “the fact that so many retailers extended their promotions into the middle of the (IT news)