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Home Depot to offer free shipping for online orders

BY CSA STAFF

Atlanta — For the first time ever, Home Depot will offer free shipping on 90,000 of the 100,000 items it offers online beginning on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and running through Monday. Eligible items will be shipped for free via standard ground shipping.

"We know shipping is a large influence on where customers shop," said Hal Lawton, president of e-commerce and The Home Depot. "We made some improvements and changes to the site over the last year and we thought this would be a great way to attract new customers to site."

In making the offer, the Home Depot joins many other retailers offering free shipping this holiday season.

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Holiday spending up 13% over last year, study finds

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RESTON, Va. According to comScore, consumers have spent $9.01 billion online so far this holiday season (Nov. 1 to 21), marking a 13% increase versus the corresponding days last year.

“The beginning of the online holiday shopping season has gotten off to an extremely positive start, outperforming our earlier expectations,” said comScore chairman, Gian Fulgoni. “Despite continued high unemployment rates and other economic concerns, consumers seem to be more willing to open up their wallets this holiday season than last. While this early spending surge reflects, in part, heavy promotional activity on the part of retailers occurring earlier this season, it is nevertheless a very encouraging sign.”

The company expects retail spending for the November to December will reach $32.4 billion, representing an 11% gain versus year ago.

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Borders offering early deals to loyalty members

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Borders announced that Borders Rewards loyalty program members will be able to use a 50% off in-store coupon on thousands of items on Nov. 24.

Borders said it is providing this 50-percent-off in-store coupon to approximately 14 million consumers via newspaper inserts running in 28 markets nationwide. Anyone who receives the coupon can use it in stores beginning Black Friday through Sunday. In addition, the insert also includes a 40%-off-any-one-kids’-toy-or-game coupon, which can also be redeemed in-store Friday through Sunday. Further, the insert includes a coupon for a free medium latte or medium brewed coffee redeemable Friday.

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