Star Wars toys sold briskly on the biggest day ever for U.S. online retailers. Fred Katayama reports.
Many shoppers filled their online carts with Star Wars toys, adding to the $3 billion in overall online sales in the U.S. on Cyber Monday, according to the Adobe Digital Index report. They also snagged Barbie Dream Houses, Samsung 4K television sets and iPad Minis. Adobe said Monday was the biggest day ever for U.S. online retailers. Driving those sales: massive discounts, strong demand for electronics and toys, and widely available high-speed Internet connections. Sales via mobile devices soared to make up more than a quarter of overall sales. But many online stores struggled to get visitors to buy off their smartphones and tablets. Many shoppers preferred using their desktop PCs. Amazon.com was the big winner among retailers. Its Cyber Monday sales rose more than 20 percent, according to e-commerce software provider ChannelAdvisor. By contrast, ShopperTrack says sales at brick-and-mortar stores dropped sharply to over $20 billion over the four-day holiday weekend.