Finally! Online Shopping is Back!

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According to an Amazon.com News Release, online shopping is back--and it's bigger than ever now.

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SEATTLE-Dec. 26, 2005- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that the 2005 holiday season finished as its best ever, with the company's Holiday Delight-O-Meter surpassing 108 million items ordered for the first time. The 2005 holiday season also brought another single-day record with the Delight-O-Meter tracking more than 3.6 million items ordered, or 41 items per second, on Dec. 12th.

Online shopping is back, and it's bigger and better than it ever was before (even back in the late 90s). Not only is this good news for online retailers, it's good news for the search engines, it's good news for search engine marketers who ultimately are the ones who help online retailers get found on the web.

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InternetRetailer also said

InternetRetailer also said this was a good year for online retailing:

The 2005 holiday shopping season wrapped up as strongly as it began. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 21, consumers spent $17.48 billion online, up 24% from $14 billion in the same period last year, comScore Networks Inc. reports.

The Goldman, Sachs & Co., Nielsen/NetRatings and Harris Interactive Holiday eSpending Report showed growth of the same magnitude—25%—but different dollars: Spending reached $25 billion.

ComScore also reports that the New York City transit strike had an immediate and measurable effect on online shopping—the share of online spending generated by New York area consumers rose from 3.4% to 4.4% during the first two days of the strike.

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However, sometimes it's not all good news...

The Independent carries the cautionary tale of Fortnum & Mason's online woes over Christmas.

Fortnum & Mason, the upmarket London department store, left thousands of its customers without food supplies over Christmas after it was overwhelmed by internet orders.

And it later goes on to identify Waitrose as having turned away 10,000 online customers in the Christmas period.

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