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In what year did online retail sales first exceed the sales of department stores in the U.S. and what is the ratio of online sales to department store sales in 2016?

August 30, 2016

In what year did online retail sales first exceed the sales of department stores in the U.S. and what is the ratio of online sales to department store sales in 2016?

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Answer:  Online retail sales first exceeded department store sales in 2004 and the ratio of online sales to department store sales in 2016 is approximately 4:1.

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