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Online rush makes sellers scurry

Last-minute sales spike overburdens retailers, shippers

USPS postal worker Jim Masick, grabs a package for delivery in Schenectady on Thursday.
USPS postal worker Jim Masick, grabs a package for delivery in Schenectady on Thursday.
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Americans waited until the last minute to buy holiday gifts, but retailers weren’t prepared for the spike. Heavy spending in the final days of the mostly lackluster season sent sales up 3.5 percent between Nov. 1 and Tuesday, according to MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, which tracks payments but doesn’t give dollar figures. Online shopping led the uptick, with spending up 10 percent to $38. 91 billion between Nov. 2 and Sunday, research firm comScore said. “We ...


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