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Holiday shopping up 3% despite COVID, online sales jump 49%

Holiday shopping up 3% despite COVID, online sales jump 49%
Things wrapped up nicely.

xml:space="preserve"> xml:space="preserve"> Things wrapped up nicely.holiday shopping increased 3% this year even though the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the economy, according to a report from MasterCard.4% in 2019, according to the report.The increase was partially caused by a longer designated holiday shopping season.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP Photo) Because of that designation, experts expected holiday sales to increase between 3% and 5% even amid the pandemic, the Associated Press reported.The largest spending increase came in the furniture industry, which saw sales increase 16% as people spent many more hours at home.

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