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Online Media Daily reports that Andrew Lipsman, VP of marketing and insights at comScore, is saying that while there are not any official predictions about how high e-commerce sales could go during the fourth quarter, he expects them to exceed $9 billion, "with an outside shot at hitting $10 billion."

According to the story, "comScore Friday said Q3 2013 U.S. desktop-based retail e-commerce sales grew 13% year-over-year to $47.5 billion, marking the sixteenth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and the twelfth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth … Mobile commerce spending on smartphones and tablets grew 26% compared with the year-ago quarter, for a total of $53.2 billion in Q3 for digital commerce spending."

At the same time, Internet Retailer reports that an Accenture survey suggests that "about half (47%) of shoppers will make purchases through their PCs or laptops during the holiday season and that consumers will make purchases and research gifts via tablets more than smartphones. 19% of respondents say they will buy or research via tablets this holiday season, up from 15% last year."

And, the survey says, "one-third of those who say they planned to shop by smartphone say they will use their mobile phones to compare prices in a store."
KC's View:
I think part of the reason that e-commerce sales may soar this season will be that the bricks-and-mortar retailers seem increasingly desperate … and I think a lot of people will want to check out and patronize the source of their desperation.