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Shippers busy; is it a holiday benchmark?

Monday was expected to have been the busiest day in FedEx history, with nearly 16 million packages moving on its conveyer belts, trucks and planes. That's up 13 percent from 14.2 million on the busiest day last year, and double what the company handles on a normal day.

The jump in shipments bodes well for the nation’s retailers, online stores and larger rival UPS, which has its single busiest day next week.

Consumers are using smart phones and other mobile devices, as well as computers, to buy and ship. Online holiday spending since Nov. 1 is up 12 percent over last year to nearly $22 billion, according to research company comScore. Last Monday and Wednesday ranked in the top five days for online spending ever, comScore said.

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