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Cyber Monday sales spur early surge in 2009 traffic

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Cyber Monday traffic is set to grow by 43 percent in 2010, as 4 million users per minute jostle elbow-to-elbow for the latest online deal. That's the news from Akamai, an Internet tracking firm, which released a report earlier today showing a surge in visits to sites such as QVC.com, eBags.com, and Overstock.com.

Meanwhile, several analysts have released reports from Black Friday, and the news is similarly rosy. Retail spending rose to $595 million in 2010, up 11 percent over last year, according to comScore. As for total online retail, between the dates of Nov. 1 and Nov. 27, Web retailers unloaded $10.6 billion of stock in 2009, compared to $10.3 billion in 2008.

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