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Amazon Has Best Ever Holiday Season

By Billy Gil | Posted: 29 Dec 2008

Amazon.com bucked overall retail sales trends with its “best ever” holiday season, with a reported 17% increase in orders Dec. 15, its busiest day so far this year.

Amazon said its customers ordered more than 6.3 million items Dec. 15, compared to about 5.4 million on its busiest day last year. The online retailer reported it shipped more than 5.6 million products on its best day this season, up 44% from its busiest shipping day last year, when it shipped 3.9 million items.

“We are extremely grateful to our customers,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “We wish everyone happy holidays and the very best for the coming year.”

Best-sellers for Amazon included the Nintendo Wii video game console, Samsung’s 52-inch LCD HDTV and Apple’s iPod Touch. Its top-selling DVDs were Disney’s Wall-E as well as the DVD and Blu-ray Disc of Warner’s The Dark Knight.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported online sales as a whole were down 2% for the holiday season (Nov. 1 through Christmas Eve), with rises in online shopping also reported for Apple and Wal-Mart.

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