The omicron variant may be on the rise, but so was holiday shopping this year.

Between Nov. 1-Dec. 24, holiday sales rose 8.5% compared to 2020, above the initial expectation of a 7.4% increase. This year's holiday sales were also up 10.7% compared to 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Associated Press.

The two categories that saw the most growth were clothing and jewelry, which rose 47% and 32%, respectively. Online sales were up 11% from 2020, a 61% increase from 2019.

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“I feel really good about how the season played out,” said Steve Sadove, senior adviser to Mastercard, to the outlet. “When people feel a little bit uncomfortable, you’ll see a little bit of a pickup in online and a little bit of a slowdown in store performance."

The omicron variant of COVID-19 is currently the dominant strain of the virus in the United States, with mild symptoms resembling those of the common cold. The average positive test rate for COVID-19 in the U.S. was at 9.8% on Friday. As of Thursday, 72.8%. of U.S. residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 61.7% fully vaccinated, according to Mayo Clinic.

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The supply chain also served as a concern for some, as stores have been struggling to keep shelves stocked with not only essential items but also presents for the Christmas holiday. The Biden administration rolled out a plan on Dec. 16 intended to boost the number of truck drivers in the U.S.