First Data Corp., which tracked credit, debit and other card transactions at one million U.S. merchants, estimates that online sales increased nearly 11% from the previous holiday season, compared with just 2.7% growth at brick-and-mortar stores.
As shoppers moved online, they increasingly went to Amazon.com Inc.
The web retailer dominated the holiday season, garnering 38% of online
revenue, according to Slice Intelligence, which analyzed digital
shopping receipts. The next closest competitor was Best Buy Co., with a 4% share.. . . more