Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

For the first time, Chicago shoppers to spend biggest chunk of holiday budget online

For the first time, Chicago shoppers to spend biggest chunk of holiday budget online

Digital cash registers will be ringing in Chicago this holiday season. For the first time, local shoppers expect to spend more of their holiday budgets online than in stores, according to a survey by consultancy Deloitte.

Chicago-area shoppers said they expected to spend half of their holiday budgets online and about 43 percent in stores, down from 50 percent last year, according to Deloitte. Nationwide, consumers surveyed said they planned to make 51 percent of purchases online and 42 percent in stores. About 4 percent will be spent through catalog and direct mail orders.

Last year, websites and stores enjoyed a roughly even split, according to Deloitte, which attributed...

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