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Amazon gets Christmas wish
Strong holiday sales helped the retailer break its single-day sales record with 41 items per second.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Strong online holiday sales helped Amazon.com get what it wanted for Christmas this year: a new single-day sales record.

"To our customers around the world--thank you," Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, said in a statement. "We are grateful to our customers for shopping with us this holiday season and we wish everyone a happy new year."

The 2005 holiday season delivered a single-day record with the retailer's tracking service, dubbed the "Delight-O-Meter," tracking more than 3.6 million items ordered, or 41 items per second, on Dec. 12th.

According to the "Delight-O-Meter," 108 million items have been ordered from the company so far this year.

The company said the top-selling books this holiday season included "The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set" by C.S. Lewis and "The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century" by Thomas L. Friedman.

In music, the top sellers included Amarantine by Enya, Christmas Songs by Diana Krall, and Born to Run: 30th Anniversary 3-disc set by Bruce Springsteen.

Amazon said the last order placed on Dec. 22nd in time for Christmas delivery contained square sapphire stud earrings. The earrings were delivered to Albany, Oregon on Dec. 23rd.

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