Amazon Riding High this Season

By Deane Barker on December 29, 2003

Amazon wraps up best holiday season to date: Is the coming-of-age year for online retailing? said Friday it finished the best holiday season in its history, capped by a single-day record in terms of units sold…The nation’s largest online retailer said it set a single-day record with more than 2.1 million units ordered worldwide — or 24 items per second — although Amazon spokesman refused to specify which day set the sales record. Amazon also said it sold 70,000 gift certificates on Dec. 24, and shipped more than 1 million packages on the peak day this season.