NEW YORK — So much for Net expectations.

Three of the five cities with the greatest share of online purchasers are ones where brick-and-mortar stores abound — Seattle, Boston and New York — not where such choices are limited. Internet users ages 35 to 49 currently account for most online buying, by age group, or about 43 percent of purchases in December — not the youth-driven group once anticipated by e-tailers. And women are dominating online buying, now accounting for about 60 percent of people making purchases on the Net, and 52 percent of users, debunking the long-running myth of male cybershoppers’ supremacy.

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