Retailing Online

Across-the-board online retail sales are expected to jump 17 percent in 2008 over last year, with computers joining cars and apparel as the biggest drivers of growth. That’s according to a Forrester Research survey, conducted for the National Retail Federation and cited by the AP on Tuesdays. The survey found that retail sales are expected to jump from $174.5 billion to $204 billion from 2007 to 2008, which represents a 17 percent increase. The increase, however, is smaller than the 21 percent jump between 2006 and 2007. The numbers do not include travel purchases. Forrester’s full report for NRF’s Shop.org, called “The

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 www.cybermonday.com last year, a website launched last holiday season by NRF division Shop.org and

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