'Cyber Monday' At Hand for Holiday Shopping Season

NOVEMBER 27, 2006 - Posted at 7:19 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - Traditional retailers began their holiday shopping season push last Friday, with so-called "Black Friday."

Today is being called "Cyber Monday."  Many online retailers are seizing on the date to offer sales promotions.  They're hoping some consumers who are stuck at work might take time to surf and spend.

It is not the busiest shopping day of the year for e-tailers.  Last year, that day was December 12, one of the last days of the holiday season that retailers were offering free standard shipping.

Internet commerce continues to grow strongly, but it is still a small portion of overall holiday sales.

Even so, a number of promotions are in place today.

The retail trade has a Web site that tracks many of these at cybermonday.com.

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