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BOSTON For the 2003 holiday season, shoppers spent a record $18.5 billion online excluding travel, according to the “eSpending Report” from Goldman, Sachs & Co., Harris Interactive and Nielsen/NetRatings.

The figure represents a 35 percent increase over the $13.7 billion spent in 2002.

According to the report, the apparel, toys/video games (hardware and software), consumer electronics, computer and DVD categories generated the most revenue this season.

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