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On Cyber Monday, lack of Internet sales tax felt by box store retailers

The relatively recent tradition of Cyber Monday, the online retail world’s answer to the Black Friday shopping bonanza when Internet deals rule the day, is being keenly felt by traditional big box retail stores.

That's mainly because online sales are taking a bigger bite out of their business, even without holiday-themed online deals. John Fleming, spokesman for the Florida Retail Federation, said online sales during the holiday season are projected to grow by 15 to 20 percent this year, compared with 3.5 to 4.5 percent for total retail activity.

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