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Dec 3, 2013

Merchants

Merchants Rack Up $7.8 Billion in Online Sales on US-issued Visa Cards in Just Five Days

‘Tis the season of deep discounts, shopping-friendly apps, mobile devices and free shipping to drive record online sales. From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, online sales – across smart phones, tablets and PCs – from U.S. Visa accountholders increased to $7.8 billion, up 30% over last year. Cyber Monday alone accounted for $2.6 billion in online spending, an increase of 28% over 2012.

Already, we see a number of factors contributing to these Visa numbers:

  • Shoppers have six fewer days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, making it the shortest holiday shopping season in more than a decade.
  • Bad weather in the East kept shoppers homebound, shopping online and away from the mall crush.

For more details on the numbers and to see how this year compares to previous years, see the infographic below.

 

By Wayne Best, Chief Economist

 

[Note to media/analysts: For any questions related to holiday shopping data, please contact us at mediacheck-in@visa.com]

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Wayne Best, Chief Economist, Visa on December 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

Sep 19, 2013

Hotwire and V.me Keep Summer Travel Going

With kids back in school and Labor Day behind us, September is a great time to snatch up last minute travel deals, and Hotwire and V.me by Visa are now making it even easier to buy them. Using V.me, busy travelers can find and book their favorite hotels at deep discounts using Hotwire and checkout with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Travel continues to be one of the most popular categories for eCommerce – 7 of 10 travelers booked their vacation entirely online last year.  And while eCommerce marks its eleventh consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth, it’s worth noting that according to comScore, 67% of online shopping carts are still abandoned before a purchase is ever completed.

Merchants recognize that simplifying check-out means reducing online cart abandonment, particularly as mCommerce transaction begin to gain in popularity.  Visa is helping #SavetheCart by offering V.me to streamline checkout and remove the hassle of entering bill to, ship to and account information with each purchase, no matter your device.

Learn more about how people are booking their travel today in the infographic below.

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Posted by: Kyrssa Guntrum, Visa Corporate Relations on September 19, 2013 at 9:50 am