Cyber Monday Ranks as Heaviest US Online Spending Day in History
December 03, 2015
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comScore reported holiday season US retail e-commerce spending from desktop computers for the first 30 days of the November-December 2015 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date, $27.9 billion has been spent online, marking a 6-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year.

Cyber Monday reached $2.28 billion in desktop online spending, up 12 percent versus year ago, representing the heaviest online spending day in history and the first day of the 2015 season to surpass $2 billion in sales.

The weekend after Thanksgiving also reached a major milestone as it saw its first ever billion-dollar online shopping day on Sunday, while Saturday sales reached the $1 billion mark for second year in a row. The two days combined posted particularly strong growth online, raking in $2.169 billion for an increase of 8 percent compared to the same weekend last year. For the five-day period from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, online buying from desktop computers totaled $7.201 billion, up 10 percent versus last year.

Total digital spend on Cyber Monday, when inclusive of comScore’s preliminary mobile commerce estimates, reached $3.118 billion, a 21-percent annual gain vs. $2.586 billion spent on Cyber Monday 2014. This marks the first time in history that total digital spend surpassed the $3 billion milestone in a single day. Mobile commerce is estimated to have accounted for 27 percent of total digital commerce on Cyber Monday 2015, with $838 million spent via smartphones and tablets.

107.8 million Americans visited online retail properties on Cyber Monday using a desktop computer, smartphone or tablet, representing an increase of 23 percent versus year ago. Amazon ranked as the most visited online retail property on Cyber Monday, followed by Walmart, eBay, Target and Best Buy.

More than half of desktop e-commerce dollars spent in the US on Cyber Monday originated from work computers (52.2 percent), while buying from home computers comprised of the remaining share (47.8 percent), despite more buyers opting to make purchases from this location. Consumers between 35 and 54 years old accounted for 46.5 percent of total dollars spent on Cyber Monday, while females (61.6 percent) spent significantly more than males (38.4 percent).

“Cyber Monday maintained its reputation as the most important online spending day of year, exceeding $3 billion in total digital spending and once again becoming the heaviest online spending day of all-time,” said comScore Chairman Emeritus Gian Fulgoni. “Despite some talk of Cyber Monday declining in importance, the day’s historical highs and continued strong growth rates confirm it is still a hugely important shopping event.”

Fulgoni added, “It comes as no surprise that Amazon led all online retail properties in Cyber Monday traffic, but several multi-channel retailers such Walmart and Target also had very strong showings. Although some web sites experienced unfortunate server problems on Cyber Monday that appear to have been caused by heavy mobile traffic, it’s not yet clear what the impact was for those retailers. What is clear is that the consumer economy is still healthy, and it’s looking optimistic that the success of Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday will carry on throughout the rest of the season.”

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