US: Online sales on Thanksgiving Day hit record $5.1B

US consumers have turned to online shopping on this year's Thanksgiving Day when internet-based sales hit an all-time highest level of $5.1 billion, according to Adobe Analytics data on Friday.

Due to the novel coronavirus, restrictions on many states and self-quarantine measures, millions of American have preferred doing their holiday shopping online, instead of heading to a store, as the country braces for a vaccine in early December.

US President Donald Trump said earlier on Twitter that COVID-19 vaccine distributions in his country will start "next week and the week after" for frontline workers and senior citizens.

Consumer spending increased 21.4% on this year's Thanksgiving Day, compared to last year's $4.2 billion, while almost half of the online purchases were made on smartphones on Thursday, Adobe said.

US retailers have also extended their sales and discounts to the days follo