• ITVI.USA
    15,353.780
    -79.690
    -0.5%
  • OTLT.USA
    2.732
    0.005
    0.2%
  • OTRI.USA
    20.880
    0.030
    0.1%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,332.660
    -75.700
    -0.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    3.280
    -0.020
    -0.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.190
    0.050
    1.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.560
    -0.030
    -1.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.420
    0.090
    2.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.220
    0.050
    2.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    4.080
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    126.000
    1.000
    0.8%
  • ITVI.USA
    15,353.780
    -79.690
    -0.5%
  • OTLT.USA
    2.732
    0.005
    0.2%
  • OTRI.USA
    20.880
    0.030
    0.1%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,332.660
    -75.700
    -0.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    3.280
    -0.020
    -0.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.190
    0.050
    1.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.560
    -0.030
    -1.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.420
    0.090
    2.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.220
    0.050
    2.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    4.080
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    126.000
    1.000
    0.8%
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BIG-TICKET ITEMS ADVANCE ONLINE SALES IN MARCH

BIG-TICKET ITEMS ADVANCE ONLINE SALES IN MARCH

   Online shopping topped $3 billion in March as big-ticket items, such as computer hardware and electronics, and travel-related purchased fueled growth, according to an online retail index created by the National Retail Federation and Forrester Research Inc.

   Surprisingly, software, books and music — categories which pioneered online sales, saw March sales decrease by more than $58 million over February, according to the NRF/Forrester Online Retail Index.

   Computer hardware purchases more than doubled to $317.7 million in March, compared to $152.9 million in February. Consumer electronics jumped to $181.8 million in March, from $87.4 million in the previous month.

   Travel-related categories, including airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations, jumped to nearly $900 million in March, from $506 million in February.

   While total purchases increased 27.9 percent in March, the number of online shoppers declined 5 percent    to 11,959 shoppers. Average amount spent per consumer in March rose to $252.04, from $187.20 in the month earlier.

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