Black Friday Online Spending Hits $1.042 Billion

Online, Black Friday spending totals hit $1.042 billion, according to the latest numbers from Internet measurement firm comScore, which reported that online sales were up 26 percent compared with Black Friday last year. The shopping day was the heaviest day yet in 2012, and bring the total spent online during the Nov-Dec holiday season to $13.7 billion. The online spending records are bound to be good news for local Texas e-commerce retailers, and most likely for folks like Austin's WhaleShark Media, which operates online coupon site RetailMeNot, a destination for people looking for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other online coupons and deals. Image courtesy BigStock.