- E-commerce and mobile commerce exploded over the three key shopping days that mark the traditional start of the holiday season in the United States: Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.
- Total e-commerce grew 24% to $4.6 billion for those three days, according to our estimates.
- The mobile component of e-commerce — retail purchases made on tablets and smartphones instead of PCs — grew even faster. In fact, mobile commerce grew more than twice as quickly, at 63%, and accounted for nearly $940 million in sales on those three days.
- Mobile commerce weighs more heavily on key shopping days like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday than it does for the rest of the year.
- Tablets have emerged as a principal engine for mobile commerce growth. For example, tablets drove twice as much consumer retail spending on Black Friday as smartphones did, according to IBM's data.
- There were nearly 1.9 million separate e-commerce transactions completed on tablets on Cyber Monday, which added up to $237 million in mobile sales, and helped drive an impressive $2 billion in total e-commerce spending that day.
- While this data is for the U.S., we expect mobile commerce to have a big impact globally around the holidays this year. We end the report with a look at mobile commerce and e-commerce in Europe and China.
A defining aspect of retail e-commerce over the weekend was this year's abbreviated holiday season — six fewer days between the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas compared to last year.
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