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ComScore: Cyber Monday Sales Up 15 Percent

As promised, here are the comScore (SCOR) Cyber Monday numbers: The Web measurement firm says sales increased 15 percent over last year’s totals (click on table to enlarge).

Taken together with numbers from Black Friday and last weekend, these are encouraging, but not conclusive, data that consumer spending for the holidays may not be quite as bad as predicted. And while that won’t solve the economy’s deep problems, it would constitute good news, which is in short supply.

This should also hearten potential investors in Amazon (AMZN), which increasingly looks like it will be one of the only clear winners this holiday season.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus