Cyber Monday trends show stores are offering deals earlier each year

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RAYMORE, Mo. -- Internet shopping exploded over th­e holiday weekend with more people than ever buying gifts online. But despite this rising trend, online shopping this Cyber Monday is expected to be worse than last year.

According to IBM’s Watson Trend, online sales on Thanksgiving were up 26 percent while online sales on Black Friday rose 21 percent compared to last year. But while those deals really focused on tech products, Monday’s sales are expected to focus on clothing and toys.

Many sites will be offering 40-to-50-percent off with free shipping, trying to entice more people to spend more money.

The National Retail Federation expects six-million fewer people to shop online this year compared to last year since the online deals are now being offered earlier than ever.

Similar to in-store shopping, sales at the brick and mortar stores fell this past weekend by more than $ 1.5 billion from last year.

FOX 4 also spoke with Tracie Fobes of PennyPinchinMom.com for what trends she has seen on Cyber Monday deals.