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Amazon.com Claims 'Best' Holiday Season Ever

The 2006 holiday season was Amazon.com's "best ever," culminating in more than 4 million orders placed on Dec. 11, the Web retailer said in a statement Tuesday.

Amazon.com said it shipped more than 99% of orders in time to meet holiday deadlines around the globe. At its peak, the retailer sent out more than 3.4 million units in a single day.

The company said it sold 1,000 Xbox 360 game consoles in 29 seconds, as part of a promotion.

Amazon.com also said customers ordered enough Airborne cold-fighting supplements to supply every passenger on 192 Boeing 747 planes.

Apple Computer's iPods, Canon's Powershot digital Elph cameras and Garmin's global positioning systems were among the best-selling consumer electronics items. Amazon.com also sold the most expensive MP3 digital music player to date, for $19,999.

Among the top-selling DVD titles was "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", starring Johnny Depp.

Best-selling books included Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" and "You: On a Diet" by Mehmet C. Oz and Michael F. Roizen.

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