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Retail CFOs Forecast 10% Growth in 2015 Online Sales

Seventy-eight percent of retail chief financial officers anticipate their online sales to grow this year, according to a recent survey from BDO USA, a business advisor to consumer business companies. Overall, CFOs forecast an impressive 9.9% boost to ecommerce sales this year. This projected increase comes after the Commerce Department’s estimate of a record-breaking $304.9 billion in U.S. online sales in 2014.

Americans Have Highest Smartphone Usage

Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smartphones—more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world—according to a new monthly report from measurement firm Informate Mobile Intelligence, which tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries.

Consumers Buy More Online in Winter

An average of 34% of consumers buy more online in winter than at other times of the year, according to the participants of a survey conducted by One Hour Translation in eight key world markets during the latter half of January 2015. Winter is defined as January and February in seven countries; June, July and August in Australia.

The countries breakdown is as follows:

Online Shopping Proves Successful for Beauty Sector

Forty-seven percent of U.S. online shoppers of beauty and personal-care products have shopped more frequently in 2014 than 2013, according to a study out Dec. 16 from A.T. Kearney. “Beauty and the E-Commerce Beast: 2014 Edition” lays out the results of a consumer survey of online beauty and personal-care shoppers.

More Holiday Shoppers Pay With Smartphones

Nearly 30% of U.S. smartphone owners plan to use mobile payment offerings, such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet, for shopping in stores this holiday shopping season, according to the 2014 Holiday Mobile Payments Survey from Stratos, creator of the Bluetooth Connected Card Platform.

In fact, 17% of the smartphone users said they would spend more because of these new payment options. Smartphone users wanted to use mobile payments applications such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet in these locations for the holidays:

Consumers Spend Big Over Thanksgiving Weekend, Cyber Monday

Fifty-five percent of holiday shoppers were expected to be in stores and online over Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation’s Thanksgiving Weekend Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.