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Happy holidays for Amazon

The online retailer and marketplace operator said more than 2 mil of its third-party sellers worldwide saw record-breaking growth over the holidays, with U.S. unit sales soaring 40% from '11. Amazon (AMZN) said its third-party sellers sold enough Santa hats for Santa to be able to wear a new hat every day for the next 137 years. It also said they sold enough smartphone and tablet screen protectors to cover the field of every NFL stadium 4 times over. Shares rose 2.6%.