Online purchases make up a larger portion of overall holiday retail sales, again

SHOPPERS CARRY bags as they cross a street in San Francisco on Nov. 29. More people turned to online shopping during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping boost total sales. Retail sales in the U.S. rose 3.4% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 from a year ago, according to early data from Mastercard SpendingPulse. That's down from last year, when total sales grew 5.1%. Online sales rose at a faster pace, up 18.8% from last year. / AP PHOTO/JEFF CHIU
SHOPPERS CARRY bags as they cross a street in San Francisco on Nov. 29. More people turned to online shopping during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping boost total sales. Retail sales in the U.S. rose 3.4% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 from a year ago, according to early data from Mastercard SpendingPulse. That's down from last year, when total sales grew 5.1%. Online sales rose at a faster pace, up 18.8% from last year. / AP PHOTO/JEFF CHIU
NEW YORK (AP) – More people did their shopping online this year during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping to push total sales higher. Retail sales in the U.S. rose 3.4% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 compared with last year, according to early data from Mastercard SpendingPulse. Online sales rose…

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