Black Friday Boasts $816 Million Online Spending, Up 26%

For the holiday season-to-date, $12.7 billion has been spent online, marking a 15 per cent increase versus the corresponding days last year, says comScore. Black Friday (November 25) saw $816 million in online sales, making it the heaviest online spending day to date in 2011 and representing a 26 percent increase versus Black Friday 2010. Thanksgiving Day (November 24), while traditionally a lighter day for online holiday spending, achieved a strong 18 per cent increase to $479 million.

2011 Holiday Season To Date vs. Corresponding Days* in 2010
Non-Travel (Retail) Spending
Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases
Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore
Millions ($)
2010 2011 Percent Change
November 1 – 25 $11,093 $12,737 15%
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) $407 $479 18%
Black Friday (Nov. 25) $648 $816 26%

*Corresponding days based on corresponding shopping days (November 2 thru November 26, 2010)

“Despite some analysts’ predictions that the flurry of brick-and-mortar retailers opening their doors early for Black Friday would pull dollars from online retail, we still saw a banner day for e-commerce with more than $800 million in spending,” said comScore chairman, Gian Fulgoni. “With brick-and-mortar retail also reporting strong gains on Black Friday, it’s clear that the heavy promotional activity had a positive impact on both channels. We now turn our attention to Cyber Monday, a day that says will see eight-in-ten retailers running special online promotions. Last year, Cyber Monday was the heaviest day of online spending ever, with sales exceeding $1 Billion, and we fully expect to see another record set this year.”

Black Friday Bargains Boost Web Browsing Behavior

As the online channel increasingly influences offline shopping behavior, consumers turned to Black Friday sites on the web to conduct research in advance of the day’s events. comScore analyzed several Black Friday deal sites for the five days ending Black Friday (Nov. 21-25, 2011) compared to the corresponding days last year, finding that led the pack with 3.9 million unique visitors, up 51 percent versus last year. followed with 3.2 million visitors while also posting the strongest year-over-year growth at 137 per cent.

Unique Visitors to Selected Sites Featuring Black Friday Deals
Nov. 21-25, 2011 vs. Nov. 22-26, 2010
Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore
Unique Visitors (000)
Nov. 22-26, 2010 Nov. 21-25, 2011 Percent Change 2,607 3,926 51% 1,364 3,234 137%* 1,612 1,854 15% 668 621 -7% 399 532 33% 270 424 57%

*Site was known as in 2010

Amazon Ranks #1 Among Online Retailers on Black Friday

Fifty million Americans visited online retail sites on Black Friday, representing an increase of 35 per cent versus year ago. Each of the top five retail sites achieved double-digit gains in visitors vs. last year, led by Amazon. Walmart ranked second, followed by Best Buy, Target and Apple.

Most Visited Retailer Properties on Black Friday
Excludes Auction Sites (e.g. eBay)
Black Friday 2011 vs. Black Friday 2010
Total U.S. – Home & Work Locations
Source: comScore, Inc.
Retail Property
1 Amazon
2 Walmart
3 Best Buy
4 Target
5 Apple

“Each of the top online retailers generated significantly greater Black Friday activity compared to last year,” added Mr. Fulgoni. “ once again led the pack, with 50 per cent more visitors than any other retailer, while also showing the highest growth rate versus last year. However, it is telling that the top multi-channel retailers also showed strong growth in visitors, demonstrating the importance of the online channel to the retail industry as a whole.”

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