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Electronics sales grew the most they had in a decade.

Electronics sales grew the most they had in a decade. Gunnar Rathbun / Invision for Walmart / AP Images

  • Retailers had strong sales for the holiday season.
  • Black Friday and Super Saturday were the biggest days for overall spending.
  • Numbers were boosted by a rise in electronics sales and online shopping.

Retailers had a very happy holiday.

Retail sales from November 1 through Christmas Eve were up 4.9% over last year, according to data from Mastercard SpendingPulse. That’s the highest rate of growth since 2011.

That number was given a strong boost by online sales, which were up 18.1% over the season. Much of this growth was due to the new ease of shopping online later in the season, as more last-minute shipping options have become available. Last year, online sales grew 18.9%.

“This year was a big win for retail,” Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president of market insights at Mastercard, said…