comScore: Total online spending sets record $32.6 billion

Reston, Va. -- Retail e-commerce spending for the entire November -- December 2010 holiday season reached $32.6 billion, marking a 12% increase versus last year and an all-time record for the season, according to comScore.

“The 2010 online holiday shopping season was a memorable one in which we saw spending rebound strongly from the recession of 2008 and 2009, and slightly exceed even our early expectations,” said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. “We saw spending increase at a rate of 12% for the season, outpacing our forecasted 11% growth, and set a new holiday season record as total e-commerce spending reached $32.6 billion.”

According to Fulgoni, retailers targeted many of their holiday promotions even earlier than usual in 2010 and reaped the benefits. 

“The season will be remembered for an exceptional Cyber Monday, which was the first billion-dollar spending day in history, and the first time we’ve witnessed Cyber Monday rank as the heaviest online spending day of the year,” he added. “And of course, we cannot forget the impact of free shipping, which was used in more than half of all e-commerce transactions this season, up significantly from last year.”

For the first time since comScore began tracking e-commerce activity in 2001, Cyber Monday (Monday, Nov. 29) ranked as the heaviest online spending day of the year at $1.028 billion. It also registers as the first online spending day on record to surpass the $1 billion spending threshold. Green Monday (Monday, Dec. 13) ranked as the second heaviest day at $954 million, followed by Monday, Dec. 6 at $943 million. Free Shipping Day (Friday, Dec. 17) ranked fourth at $942 million, while Thursday, Dec. 16 rounded out the Top 5 with $930 million. Eight days in total surpassed $900 million in spending this holiday season.

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