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Friday, December 10, 2010 - 10:51am

Online holiday sales are up 12% over last year.

If Christmas shoppers are spending at their local retailers the way they're spending online, then there will be smiles all around.

The online retail research firm Comscore reports online sales are up over 12-percent compared to the same period last year.

There was over a billion dollars spent online on Cyber Monday alone, and for the season so far, there's been $17 billion in sales with online retailers.

Behind the online surge is the free shipping so many online stores are offering.

1100 retailers have signed up to participate in "Free Shipping Day" Friday, December 17th, with the promise to deliver by the 25th.

A survey found close to 60-percent of american shoppers still want the in-store experience to get them into the holiday spirit.
 

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