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The Washington Post reports that early sales numbers on Cyber Monday pointed toward e-commerce sales that were expected to be up 9.4 percent over the same day in 2015.

And USA Today writes that "in the hours between midnight and 10 a.m., consumers had already spent $540 million."

However, the Associated Press reports that what has become a "one-day Cyber Monday frenzy" may be going "the way of the dial-up modem," largely because retailers are spreading out sales and promotions over days and weeks - which in part may explain why there were more e-commerce sales on Black Friday than bricks-and-mortar sales.

According to the story, "Cyber Monday still packs the biggest punch in terms of a single online shopping day — for now. As of 7:30 p.m. EST on Monday, shoppers were on track to hit a record of $3.39 billion, up 10.2 percent from a year ago, according to a tally by Adobe Digital Insights, which tracks online retail transactions.

"But other days are catching up. On Black Friday, consumers spent $3.34 billion, a 21.6 percent jump from last year, according to Adobe."

And the Post concedes that "social media mentions of Cyber Monday have fallen a staggering 82 percent compared to last year: People have already gotten their goods, or they’re planning to hold out for the next round of discounts."
KC's View:
Re/code makes one compelling observation, I think - that the apparent dominance of e-commerce over bricks-and-mortar for holiday shopping, as well as the way this affects consumer behavior, make sit very obvious that "Walmart’s future runs through Amazon."

And, by the way, potentially everybody else's.

For its part, Amazon says that it was on pace yesterday to have the best Cyber Monday in its history, according to a story on GeekWire, which also reports that the best-selling item on Amazon so far this season has been the Echo Dot. The Dot, of course, is designed as one way for Amazon to make it easier for people to buy other stuff on Amazon.

Just sayin'...