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E-commerce has come of age

According to a new study by the National Retail Federation, online shoppers spent more money last year on apparel than on computers, a reflection of the Web’s increasingly broad consumer appeal. Consumers spent $18.3 billion on clothes, accessories and shoes in 2006, up 61 percent from the previous year. Computer hardware and software sales totaled $17.2 billion, up 20 percent from the previous year. Total online retail spending, excluding travel, grew 25 percent to $146.5 billion.

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