“U.S. retail sales fell 2.5 percent last week from a year earlier as fewer people visited stores, retail tracking firm ShopperTrak said on Thursday,” Nivedita Bhattacharjee reports for Reuters.

“ShopperTrak, which monitors the number of people walking into stores across the United States, said foot traffic fell 3.3 percent in the week ended December 22 from last year,” Bhattacharjee reports. “In contrast, data released by IBM Benchmark showed online sales on December 26 rose 40.4 percent over 2011 and that Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iPad drove more retail shopping than any other device.”

Bhattacharjee reports, “Traffic via iPad was at 10 percent versus 8.8 percent and 5.7 percent for Apple’s iPhone and Google Inc’s Android platform respectively, according to the findings by IBM Benchmark, which analyzes data from 500 retailers nationwide.”

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