If there is one theme that will be the topic of digital business this year, it is mobile.

ComScore, which tracks Web and mobile usage, published a report about what happened in 2012, and what to expect in 2013.

It shows that the effects of a movement toward mobile are everywhere, from shopping to media to search. According to the report, "2013 could spell a very rocky economic transition," and businesses will have to scramble to stay ahead of consumers' changing behavior.

Here are a few interesting tidbits from the 48-page report.

Online retail sales are up 1 percent in December versus last year and sales-per-day have increased 5 percent to $643 million since Thanksgiving. But analysts predict point-and-click holiday sales will finish up lower due to this year's shortened shopping season, according to Reston, Va.-based comScore, which tracks the online retailing market.

As has been the case over the course the last year, more and more well-known retailers are giving shoppers the ability to buy merchandise online then head to the store, where the item will be waiting for pick-up. According to the National Retail Federation, perhaps as many as 14 million consumers will try to beat the holiday crowds by buying online and picking up items in a retail store this holiday season. A list of retailers that offered the “buy online, pick up in-store” option was posted at last year, a website launched last holiday season by NRF division and

U.S. consumers’ Internet spending for the 2006 holiday season looks like it will come in approximately 24% over the numbers from a year ago as more people used faster Internet connections to shop from home. Online sales for the 42 days through December 12, 2006 increased to $17.6 billion, Reston, Va-based research company ComScore Networks Inc. claims in a recent report. Shoppers spent $661 million online on December 11, 2006 – the most ever in a single day, according to ComScore. Among the many factors responsible for the record setting numbers attached to cyber shopping is sharp increase in high-speed connections now being used

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