RESTON, Va. (AP) -- A report released Thursday said holiday shoppers spent $42.3 billion online in November and December, 14 percent more than in the same months a year ago.
ComScore found that shoppers started the holiday season strong in November but a dip in consumer confidence hurt early December sales.
Shoppers picked up spending in the final days of the holiday season. That includes a 76 percent increase on what retailers called "Free Shipping Day" on Dec. 17 and 36 percent more on Christmas Day itself.
ComScore said the online sales growth rate was essentially on par with last year's, but it missed expectations of a 16 percent increase.