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In excess of

In excess of is wordy for more than, over, or exceeding, and it could usually be shortened to one of those words or phrases. For example, consider how much better these sentences would sound if in excess of were shortened:

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All in all, Zynga has already helped raise in excess of [more than?] $4 million in Haiti relief funds. [Fox News]

Most priced in excess of [over?] $50 per bottle, the wines sell out quickly every year. [Napa Valley Register]

She’s sold more than 4 million albums in each of the past three years, and her three releases have sold in excess of [more than?] 17 million copies worldwide. [Hartford Courant]

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