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December 3, 2013

Local stores seeing green thanks to the crimson and the blue



Nationally, Cyber Monday was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. Online sales account for about 10 percent of total holiday spending, which is expected to grow about 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion for the months of November and December, according to research firm comScore.

“Online, we’ve been pretty busy,” Griggs said. 

However, spending over the four-day shopping holiday that began Thanksgiving was predicted to be down for the first time, according to the National Retail Federation.

The trade group predicted more than 131 million people will shop online Monday, up about 2 percent from last year, while it said spending over the four days that ended Sunday would be down 2.9 percent to $57.4 billion.

“Shoppers remain conservative and bargain conscious,” Dennis said. “They are looking for the best deals for the items on their holiday shopping lists.”


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