updated 05:20 pm EST, Tue December 20, 2005
Apple online sales strong
This year's winners in the online shopping universe are Wal-Mart, Amazon and Apple, according to a report published today. Market research indicates these vendors have been most effective when it comes to via their online portals. Along with websites of shipping companies UPS, DHL, and FedEx, these were the e-commerce sites receiving the heaviest traffic over the past few weeks. No official sales numbers have been released by any of the companies, but analysts are able to estimate the market leaders based on traffic figures. Hitwise analyst Bill Tancer also pointed out that "looking at things like shipping are great proxies for how much people are buying."