Cyber Monday rings up record $10.8 billion in sales with Amazon touting ‘biggest holiday shopping season so far’

Cyber Monday wrapped up with $10.8 billion in sales, up 15.1% from last year and setting a record for the biggest online sales day in U.S. history, according to Adobe Analytics data.





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“Cyber Monday continued to dominate the holiday shopping season, becoming the biggest online shopping day in U.S. history, despite early discounts from retailers,” said Taylor Schreiner, director at Adobe Digital Insights.    

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“Throughout the remainder of the holiday season, we expect to see record sales continue and curbside pickup to gain even more momentum as shoppers avoid crowds and potential shipping delays.”

Mobile accounted for 37% of sales on Cyber Monday, Adobe said.

See: Black Friday traffic at U.S. stores down 52% even as online retail sales hit record high

Cyber Monday discounts included as much as 28% off computers. Shoppers should expect discounts to lessen by 5% to 10% across many categories as we get closer to Christmas Day, according to Adobe.

Still Marshal Cohen, NPD Retail’s chief industry adviser, notes on Twitter that “Cyber Week continues,” as his inbox fills with promotions.

“Either Monday wasn’t big enough or we are just caught in one long continual promotion from the beginning of November,” he tweeted.

BMO Capital Markets analysts observed Cyber Monday promotions that held flat year-over-year, as well as throughout the Black Friday shopping weekend. Some retailers, like Urban Outfitters Nike Inc. and L Brands Inc.’s Bath & Body Works actually became less promotional on Cyber Monday.

“[W]e expect ongoing upside for retail and into next year and believe, for the first time in a while, the power lies in the hands of the retailers and their inventory management; the question will be who chooses to hold the line versus cross it,” wrote analysts led by Simeon Siegel.

So far this holiday season, Adobe says online shoppers have spent $106.5 billion, up 27.7% from last year.

Amazon.com Inc. says that, through Cyber Monday, “2020 has been the largest holiday shopping season so far in our company’s history.” Amazon, as is the company’s usual practice, did not provide numbers to illustrate that statement, but said that world-wide sales at small- and medium-size grew 60%.

Numerator data found Amazon was “the big winner” for the weekend with 19% of total spend, or $1 of every $5 spent.

Amazon kicked off its holiday shopping season with a delayed Prime Day shopping event in October.

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Amazon’s bestsellers for the season so far include President Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land,” Revlon Inc.’s One-Step Hair Dryer, and Amazon’s own Echo Dot.

Shopify Inc. says sales for its merchants reached $5.1 billion over the long weekend, up 76% between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Shopify merchants are largely small and independent brands.

U.S. consumers spent an average of $89.20 per order with New York, Los Angeles and London among the top cities.

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Cyber Monday rings up record $10.8 billion in sales with Amazon touting ‘biggest holiday shopping season so far’

Cyber Monday sales broke the all-time U.S. record, according to Adobe.


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“Cyber Monday continued to dominate the holiday shopping season, becoming the biggest online shopping day in U.S. history, despite early discounts from retailers,” said Taylor Schreiner, director at Adobe Digital Insights.    

“Throughout the remainder of the holiday season, we expect to see record sales continue and curbside pickup to gain even more momentum as shoppers avoid crowds and potential shipping delays.”

Mobile accounted for 37% of sales on Cyber Monday, Adobe said.

See: Black Friday traffic at U.S. stores down 52% even as online retail sales hit record high

Cyber Monday discounts included as much as 28% off computers. Shoppers should expect discounts to lessen by 5% to 10% across many categories as we get closer to Christmas Day, according to Adobe.

Still Marshal Cohen, NPD Retail’s chief industry adviser, notes on Twitter that “Cyber Week continues,” as his inbox fills with promotions.

“Either Monday wasn’t big enough or we are just caught in one long continual promotion from the beginning of November,” he tweeted.

BMO Capital Markets analysts observed Cyber Monday promotions that held flat year-over-year, as well as throughout the Black Friday shopping weekend. Some retailers, like Urban Outfitters
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“[W]e expect ongoing upside for retail and into next year
and believe, for the first time in a while, the power lies in the hands of the
retailers and their inventory management; the question will be who chooses to hold
the line versus cross it,” wrote analysts led by Simeon Siegel.

So far this holiday season, Adobe says online shoppers have spent $106.5 billion, up 27.7% from last year.

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says that, through Cyber Monday, “2020 has been the largest holiday shopping season so far in our company’s history.” Amazon, as is the company’s usual practice, did not provide numbers to illustrate that statement, but said that world-wide sales at small- and medium-size grew 60%.

Numerator data found Amazon was “the big winner” for the
weekend with 19% of total spend, or $1 of every $5 spent.

Amazon kicked off its holiday shopping season with a delayed Prime Day shopping event in October.

Also: Giving Tuesday reminder: Most people fail to take these 3 basic steps before they donate to charity

Amazon’s bestsellers for the season so far include President Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land,” Revlon Inc.’s
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One-Step Hair Dryer, and Amazon’s own Echo Dot.

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says sales for its merchants reached $5.1 billion over the long weekend, up 76% between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Shopify merchants are largely small and independent brands.

U.S. consumers spent an

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Wedding Rings Lost in Shipwreck Will Be Returned to Migrant Couple

The red backpack had been floating for two weeks in the central Mediterranean between Libya and Italy when a rescue boat came across it. Inside, along with clothes and some notes in Arabic, was a simple treasure: two wedding rings engraved with hearts and the names Ahmed and Doudou.

For rescuers with Open Arms, a nongovernmental organization that picks up migrants making the perilous journey by boat to Europe, the discovery on Nov. 9 was “like a punch,” Riccardo Gatti, the director of Open Arms Italy, said by telephone on Thursday.

Wreckage found later on the day of the discovery only heightened their dread. “We didn’t know if it belonged to someone that died or had a shipwreck — or someone alive,” Mr. Gatti said. “Without knowing anything, you’re holding a piece of a story of someone.”

It might have remained yet another presumed loss in the notoriously perilous Mediterranean crossing that migrants from North Africa have made to reach Europe. “Who are Ahmed and Doudou? ”the Italian newspaper La Repubblica asked.

But in an unusual stroke of luck, the rings will be reunited with their owners, an Algerian couple who survived a capsizing in late October in a boat from Libya and were found two weeks ago by Doctors Without Borders representatives who have been providing support to the migrants in a reception center in Sicily.

When they saw pictures of the newly found rings, they “couldn’t believe it,” the couple, who declined to provide their last names for privacy reasons, said in a statement provided by the organization.

The rings were broken, and Ahmed 25, and Doudou, 20, had wanted to repair them after arriving in Europe. “We had lost everything, and now the few things we had set out with have been found,” they said.

The couple are among 15 survivors of a boat that left Zawiya on the coast of Libya in October. After a two-day journey in the Mediterranean without food or water, the boat ran out of fuel about 40 miles from the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to Doctors Without Borders. As the weather worsened, a wave capsized the ship and five people died, including a 2-year-old girl.

It is one of at least nine vessels carrying migrants that have sunk in the central Mediterranean since Oct. 1, according to the International Organization for Migration, a United Nations agency. In one sinking this month, at least 74 migrants in a boat from Libya drowned, and in total at least 900 have died this year while trying to reach Europe.

More than 11,000 others intercepted at sea have been returned to Libya, exposing them to possible human rights abuses, the U.N. agency said.

Passing fishermen rescued Ahmed and Doudou from the ocean, and the pair were put into quarantine as a coronavirus prevention measure before being moved to a reception center in Agrigento, Sicily. The backpack and the clothes inside have been washed and will be returned to the couple as soon as possible,

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Wedding rings found in the Mediterranean weeks after a couple’s boat capsized



an island in the middle of a body of water: Aerial view of the island of Lampedusa on August 04, 2020 in Lampedusa, Italy.


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Aerial view of the island of Lampedusa on August 04, 2020 in Lampedusa, Italy.

The young couple from Algeria thought their wedding rings were lost forever when their tiny boat capsized. They were among the lucky ones on that trip from Libya to Italy — of the 20 people aboard, five have died, including a little girl, according to the Italian arm of Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Ahmed and Doudou survived, rescued by fishermen. Like the other survivors, the couple, in their early twenties, are still in shock.

“They were at sea for 48 hours when the boat capsized, all of them ended up in the water,” Ahmad Al Rousan, a cultural mediator for MSF in Italy, told CNN in a phone interview. Al Rousan was one of the team providing psychological support for the survivors rescued from Ahmed and Doudou’s boat a few days after it capsized in mid October.

When rescuers from the maritime rescue NGO Open Arms came across a half-sunken boat adrift in the Mediterranean on November 9, a few weeks after the disaster, they found a red backpack in it.

Covered in tiny sea creatures, the rucksack contained just a few necessities for the crossing. A couple of shirts, a spare pair of shoes, a phone charger.

And two wedding rings inscribed with the names Ahmed and Doudou.

“In the first moments, we thought that it probably belonged to someone that was dead or lost in the trip,” Riccardo Gatti, the president of Open Arms Italy, told CNN. “The significance and the meaning of what this was like ‘Wow … here’s something that really belonged to someone and we do not know where they are or if they still are’.”

Open Arms shared photos of the backpack and its contents, including the rings, on social media. The group also passed them to MSF and other organizations they knew provided support to the survivors.

Rescuers working in the Mediterranean often find personal items lost at sea. But the odds of reuniting them with their owners — if they are still alive — are next to none. Al Rousan has been working in various rescue operations for nine years and he can’t remember it ever happening.

“When (Open Arms) contacted us, I told them it was impossible to find the owners,” he said. But they tried anyway, passing the photos of the backpack to some of the people who were on the same boat as Ahmed and Doudou. “And then they called us and said the backpack belonged to Ahmed,” Al Rousan said.

“I spoke with Ahmed directly and he started to explain to me what’s inside, because the photo I sent was just of the backpack and some of the things on the deck,” he said, adding that Ahmed told him about the rings, explaining they were in the backpack because the couple was hoping to have them fixed after arriving to Europe. “They were little bit broken,” Al Rousan said.

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