Cyber Monday sets record as biggest online shopping day in history

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Cyber Monday set a record this year with online sales up 20.6% from last year, according to a statement by International Business Machines Corp. Amazon and eBay benefited from the boost, with sales on the rise for both sites, according to ChannelAdvisor.

Gaming consoles were a popular item purchased this year -- by Monday afternoon, Playstation 4 and XBox One Consoles were sold out on Walmart's website, USAToday.com reported.

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Cyber Monday sets record as biggest online shopping day in history

Cyber Monday exceeded all expectations with online sales up 20.6% compared to last year, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.

Purchases referred from Facebook averaged $97.46 per order, versus purchases directed from Pinterest, which averaged $91.53 per order, according to Forbes.com.

Mobile usage accounted for 29.4% of online traffic, up 61% from last year, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.

Tablets accounted for 9.8 percent of purchases, compared with 5.7 percent from smartphones, Bloomberg.com reported. Consumers also spent more on tablets, spending an average of $128.30 per order, compared with $110.95 for smartphones, IBM reported said.

Amazon sales were on the rise, up 44.3% from last year, according to ChannelAdvisor.
Gaming consoles were a popular pick for Cyber Monday. By Monday afternoon, Playstation 4 and Xbox One Consoles were sold out on Walmart's website, USAToday.com reported. 
Ebay sales were up 32.1%, according to ChannelAdvisor. 
Cyberthon, a marathon of sales, was a popular trend. Rue La La, a flash-sale site, started Cyber Monday deals on Sunday and attracted more than 350,000 people to their site, according to USAToday.com.  
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