Shopping by Mobile Phone Picks Up on Black Friday

This year may go down as the period that shopping by mobile phone during the holidays came into its own.

Black Friday saw greater use of mobile phones by consumers to zero in on and make purchases, industry data reviewed by Dow Jones show.

From a very small base last year, mobile online payments through PayPal surged nearly 650 percent, said Amanda Pires, senior director of marketing at the online payment service.

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