SEATTLE - Amazon.com Inc. says the 2008 holiday season was the online retailer's "best ever." Amazon says more than 6.3 million items were ordered and 5.6 million units shipped during its peak day on Dec. 15.
Amazon's upbeat take on the holiday season bucked the drumbeat of generally dismal news from retailers. Holiday sales typically account for 30 percent to 50 percent of a retailer's annual total. Rising unemployment, home foreclosures, the stock market decline and other economic worries led many shoppers to slash their shopping budgets this year.
Based on the number of items ordered, Amazon said its holiday bestsellers included the Nintendo Wii, Samsung's 52-inch LCD HDTV, the Apple iPod touch and the Blokus board game.