comScore reports Black Friday e-commerce of $1.04B comScore reported U.S. retail e-commerce spending for the first 23 days of the November - December 2012 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date, $13.7B has been spent online, marking a 16% increase versus the corresponding days last year. Black Friday saw $1.04B in online sales, making it the heaviest online spending day to date in 2012 and representing a 26% increase versus Black Friday 2011. Thanksgiving Day, while traditionally a lighter day for online holiday spending, achieved a strong 32% increase to $633M.
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