Strong holiday shopping season continues online

Shoppers seem to be just as enthusiastic about making purchases on their computers and smartphones on Cyber Monday as they were about finding deals over the Black Friday weekend.

Online sales on Cyber Monday, which was started in 2005 by a retail trade group to encourage Americans to shop online the Monday after Thanksgiving, were up 20 percent from a year ago by early afternoon, according to data from IBM Benchmark.

At department and apparel stores, online sales were up 39 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, sales from mobile devices were up 8.5 percent. The group did not give dollar amounts.

Consumers are advised to use caution while shopping online because while storing credit card information on a site you visit frequently can be convenient, it's also risky if there is a data breach. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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