Online sales make up a larger portion of overall sales again

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FILE – In this Nov. 29, 2019 file photo, shoppers carry bags as they cross a street in San Francisco. More people turned to online shopping during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping boost total sales. Retail sales in the U.S. rose 3.4% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 from a year ago, according to early data from Mastercard SpendingPulse. That’s down from last year, when total sales grew 5.1%. Online sales rose at a faster pace, up 18.8% from last year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(AP) — More people did their shopping online this year in one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years and that pushed overall sales higher.

Early data from Mastercard SpendingPulse shows that retail sales in the US rose 3.4% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 compared with last year.

However, that’s slower growth than in the previous year, when sales grew 5.1%.

Online sales rose at a faster pace, up 18.8% from last year. 

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