comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 48 days of the November – December 2011 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date, nearly $32 billion has been spent online, marking a 15-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year. The most recent week (week ending Dec. 18), led by four individual days surpassing $1 billion in sales, reached an all-time record of $6.3 billion in online retail spending, up 14 percent from the corresponding week last year. The final shopping weekend before Christmas reached $1.04 billion to rank as the second heaviest weekend of online spending on record.
Think I read somewhere that FedEx shipping volume was up 17% over last year, too. I talked with a FedEx driver about home delivery this Saturday and he said while he hasn't heard the official word (since he delivers express instead of home or ground), he said he couldn't imagine NOT having home delivery, since they are slammed.