December online sales hit $5.7 billion

Sure, 2001 went out with a whimper economically. But that didn’t deter consumers from shopping online. According to Forrester Research and Greenfield Online, total U.S. spending online hit $5.7 billion in December, up from $4.9 billion in November and $5.0 billin in December 2000. Online shoppers spent an average of $304 on Web purchases in December. Total online retail sales for 2001 were $47.6 billion. Sales of airline tickets, car rentals, and hotel reservations are included in the online retail sales figures.

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