Americans will be seeing a lot of Madonna, Darth Vader and Dockers khakis in their stockings this holiday season, if
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is any guide.
On Friday, the leading Web store put out its list of top-selling products from Nov. 1 through this past Tuesday. Among them were not only Madonna's latest album,
Confessions on a Dance Floor
and the DVD of the latest installment of Darth Vader's story,
Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
, but also khaki pants, an atomic clock and a DVD player priced at $39.99.
Although the day after Thanksgiving is the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, online shoppers typically start days or weeks earlier to allow time for products to be delivered. And while Amazon's revenue is a small fraction of retail giants such as
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, the company's sales are large enough and its selection broad enough to be indicative of larger trends.
Amazon's results could be good news for
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. The No. 2 and No. 3 bestselling electronics products were the 2GB black iPod nano and the 512MB iPod shuffle, both Apple digital music players.
Whether buoyed by the Amazon news or not, Apple investors were bullish on the stock on Friday, sending it to another all-time high. In recent trading, the company's shares were up $1.78, or 2.7%, to $68.89.
The $40 DVD player made by
was the top-selling consumer electronics product on Amazon's site.
appears to be a popular theme this holiday season. Not only was
Star Wars III
the top-selling DVD, but
Star Wars: Battlefront II
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PlayStation 2 game console ranked No. 3 among top-selling video games on the site.
The top-selling video game on Amazon in November has been a special edition version of
Sid Meier's Civilization IV
, the latest iteration of the popular strategy game franchise. The result is a welcome bit of news for
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, which recently
franchise as well as its developer
last month that it wouldn't meet analysts expectations for its fourth quarter and its 2006 fiscal year, the latest in a string of disappointments for the company.