Black Friday Sees $531 Million in Online Retail Spending, Up 22 Percent Versus Last Year

Cyber Monday Expected to Surpass $700 Million in Online Spending, Making it Heaviest Online Spending Day on Record

RESTON, Va., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — comScore, Inc. , a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an update of holiday season e-commerce spending covering the first 23 days (November 1 – 23) of the November – December 2007 holiday season. More than $9.3 billion has been spent online during the season-to-date, marking a 17- percent gain versus the corresponding days last year. Online retail spending was strong on both Thanksgiving Day (up 29 percent to $272 million) and “Black Friday” (up 22 percent to $531 million), outpacing the season-to-date growth rate.

    2007 Holiday Season To Date vs. Corresponding Days* in 2006
    Non-Travel (Retail) Spending
    Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases
    Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations
    Source: comScore, Inc.
                                                    Billions ($)
    Holiday Season to Date              2006           2007      Pct Change
    November 1 - 23                    $7.98           $9.36       17%
    Thanksgiving Day                   $0.21           $0.27       29%
    "Black Friday" (November 23)       $0.43           $0.53       22%

    * Corresponding Shopping Days, Not Calendar Days

“The Friday after Thanksgiving is known for heavy spending in retail stores, but it’s clear that consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet to make their holiday purchases,” said comScore Chairman Gian Fulgoni. “Online spending on Black Friday has historically represented an early indicator of how the rest of the season will shake out. That the 22-percent growth rate versus last year is outpacing the overall growth rate for the first three weeks of the season should be seen as a sign of positive momentum. Online retailers will also certainly be paying close attention to what happens on Cyber Monday, which will provide an even clearer indication of what lies ahead for the rest of the season. Based on the growth rates we’ve seen so far this season and historical consumer behavior patterns, we would expect Cyber Monday sales be even stronger than Black Friday’s and to exceed $700 million. While this would make it the heaviest online shopping day on record, we can expect to see even stronger days ahead as the 2007 shopping season progresses into December.”

Hot Categories in Online Holiday Retail

The hottest category continues to be video games, consoles & accessories, which is up 134 percent versus the corresponding days last year. Sales of Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and popular game Halo 3 continue to drive growth in the category. The furniture, appliances & equipment category (up 36 percent) is joined by consumer electronics (up 21 percent) and sport & fitness as the retail categories demonstrating above average growth. Apparel & accessories is now growing in line with the overall trend in online retail following a soft start to the season when warm weather dampened winter apparel sales. Online sales of toys are up just 9 percent for the season-to-date, with toy safety concerns appearing to be weighing down the category.

    Top Gaining Online Retail Categories for Holiday Season-to-Date
    Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases
    November 1-23 vs. Corresponding Days Last Year
    Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations
    Source: comScore, Inc.
                                                     Percent Change
    Retail Category                                  (2007 vs. 2006)
    Video Games, Consoles & Accessories                 134%
    Furniture, Appliances & Equipment                    36%
    Consumer Electronics                                 21%
    Sport & Fitness                                      20%
    Apparel & Accessories                                17%

    Weekly Online Holiday Retail Sales

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    comScore 2007 Retail E-Commerce Forecast

    Online Non-Travel (Retail) Holiday Consumer Spending
    Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases
    Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations
    Source: comScore, Inc.
                                                  Billions ($)
                                       2006          2007       Pct Change
    January - October                 $77.5         $93.6          21%
    Holiday Season (Nov-Dec)          $24.6         $29.5*         20%*

    *comScore forecast