In the USA, according to the Digital World Digital Life study, housewives spend around 38 percent of their spare time on the Internet. Bored British housewives, however, spend a whopping great 47 percent of their leisure time online. That is more time online, by the way, than students (39 percent) and the unemployed (33 percent.) So what are they all doing? Apparently, the answer would seem to be a little stereotypical: shopping. Which is good news for the online economy, with Brits accounting for something in the region of a billion pounds spent per month. In general though, across all …

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Retail stocks should see even a bigger bump this month -- and possibly into 2008 -- due to an increased demand for a product that basically didn't exist a dozen years ago -- gift cards. That's the big news coming out of "Black Monday", the newest holiday on Wall Street's docket representing the busiest on-line shopping day of the calendar year. As it turns out, many, if not most of today's online shoppers are turning to buying gift cards online instead of actual products via the ecommerce route. According to a pre-holiday survey by First Data Corp., a global leader …

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We've all heard of search engine optimization, or "SEO". That's the online search engine mechanism that allows online businesses to seed their web landing pages with key code words to entice visitors and shoppers. One big SEO term this week is "Black Friday" -- the day-after-Thanksgiving shopfest that launches the holiday shopping season. Online retailers are already advertising their Black Friday shopping specials - - and getting good results. This leads me to believe that the holiday shopping season will be more robust than the notoriously negative national media would have us believe. Here are some early numbers to back …

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Okay, you have to admit, I called that one. In our last blog, I pointed out that a tight money supply could prevent companies, especially smaller ones, from getting money to grow their businesses, make new hires, do more research -- that sort of thing. I said that if companies couldn't get access to money, the economy would suffer. The Federal Reserve had to act (okay, I didn't mention the Fed specifically, but calling Batman wasn't going to help). So what's the big deal with a tight money supple? Imagine you're a small web design firm looking to roll out …

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