The major US benchmarks were mixed at close of play yesterday (November 26th) after Cyber Monday broke shopping records.
According to research firm Comscore, consumers are expected to have spent $1.5 billion (£0.9 billion) on this major day for web retailers, which is 20 per cent more than last year.
Online sales tracker IBM Benchmark put the internet shopping rise even higher than this – with its figure soaring by 27 per cent more than 2011.
Cyber Monday is the day of internet shopping on the Monday following Thanksgiving and Black Friday – which is a day of major discounts at stores in the US the Friday after the US holiday.
Indeed, Comscore said internet shopping on Black Friday broke the $1 billion mark for the first time, while on Thanksgiving itself, this was up by one-third.
When Wall Street closed last night, the Dow Jones was lower by 0.3 per cent to 12967.3 points and the Nasdaq rose by 0.3 per cent to 2976.7 points.
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