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Holidays live up to expectations

High hopes for "an e-commerce Christmas" were mostly right on as virtual shoppers jammed Web sites and Net stocks took off thanks to all the cheery news.

Everybody was expecting a big holiday season for online retailers, and for the most part, the predictions were right on. E-commerce sites were jammed with virtual shoppers, even to the last minute, and Net stocks took off thanks to all the cheery news.

Retail Web sites pack 'em in
The holiday season had online vendors hopping to meet demand. For the most part, they seem to have passed the test.

Net retailers carry markets up
Stocks rise in a narrow year-end rally led by soaring shares of Internet retailers that help push the Nasdaq index briefly into record territory.

Late shoppers flock to Net
Retailers say last-minute gift-seekers boosted online holiday sales beyond expectations.