NEXT UP - "CYBER MONDAY"

Nov 25, 2012

By Bob Sheppard

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The frenzy of what could be Canada’s biggest-ever Black Friday is over, and shoppers are now turning their focus to Cyber Monday.

That’s the day of deep online discounts held the Monday after the busiest shopping day of the year in the U-S.

For years, both events were largely American phenomena marking the start of the key holiday shopping season when retailers turn profits, or go “into the black.”

But the hype surrounding Cyber Monday and Black Friday is spreading north of the border.

And experts say the weekend-long holiday sales event could soon surpass Boxing Day as the busiest shopping period of the year in Canada.

A recent American Express poll found 56 per cent of Canadians plan to shop online for at least some of their gifts, up five per cent from 2011.

Twenty-three per cent say they would rather clean their toilets than visit a mall the week before Christmas.

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