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• The National Retail Federation (NRF) is predicting that online sales in 2013 will be between nine and 12 percent higher than in 2012, a higher rate of growth than in bricks-and-mortar stores, where it is forecasting a 3.4 percent increase this year.

This would represent a continuing trend of online sales outpacing traditional retail sales.

According to the story on Internet Retailer.com, the actual sales growth figures for 2012 have yet to be released by the USA Department of Commerce, but in 2011, online sales were up 16.1 percent over 2010, while bricks-and-mortar sales were up 5.5 percent.
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