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E-tailers say holiday sales strong

Though it may be too soon to claim victory, early figures indicate that some online merchants had a fruitful holiday season as their brick-and-mortar counterparts struggled.

Though it may be too soon to claim victory, early figures indicate that some online merchants had a fruitful holiday season as their brick-and-mortar counterparts struggled. Last-minute shoppers may have helped.
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E-tailers hard hit by in-store bargains
Kate Delhagen, senior analyst, Forrester Research
Early figures: E-tailers did pretty well
Though U.S. retailers may not have had a merry Christmas, new numbers out may show that online merchants were a bright spot for the industry.
December 26, 2001 
Flocking to the Web for last-minute gifts
Holiday shoppers are clicking for last-minute gifts and bargains in record numbers this year, and online merchants are pulling out all the stops to keep orders coming until the 11th hour.
December 21, 2001 
Strike out online? Get the hot toys at auction
Many Harry Potter toys are doing a disappearing act--along with other popular toys--at several major online retailers, forcing customers to look to online auctions.
December 18, 2001 
E-tailers show signs of customer service
This holiday season, some online retailers may be tempted to raise a toast to themselves for avoiding the disasters of past years.
December 17, 2001 
No thanks, I'm just window shopping
Although online sales are up overall from last year at this time, the rate of growth is leveling off. Problem? People are simply buying less.
December 13, 2001 
E-tailers to end busy season a tad early
Many Web stores have to stop taking holiday orders several days earlier than their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
December 13, 2001 
Net shoppers wooed by in-store deals
Several major retailers are using online coupons to funnel customers to their brick-and-mortar stores instead of to their Web sites.
December 12, 2001 
Bargain PCs ring in holiday season
PC manufacturers and peripherals makers, anticipating one of the worst sales years on record, have gone all out to entice consumers.
December 7, 2001