50% of online retailers expect their holiday sales to grow over 30% this year

Nearly 40% of merchants planned an earlier start this holiday season than in 2005, with over 62% saying that they’d begin before November 5th, 2006. Expectations for the online holiday shopping season appear rosy, according to the survey, with half of retail respondents estimating growth of over 30%. That includes over 20% that anticipate a jump of 75% or higher, Shop.org and BizRate Research found.