Wal-Mart's hottest Black Friday seller was a 29-cent towel

The must-have item at Wal-Mart on “Black Friday” wasn’t a mega TV, sleek tablet or the latest giggling Elmo. It was towels.

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'Everything is just all good': Black Friday kicks off with a little chaos, lots of bargain-hunting

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It’s Black Friday. Let the madness begin.

The holiday shopping season kicked off officially Friday after retailers tested the mood of consumers by offering discounts and opening their doors earlier than ever.

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Online shopping on Black Friday tops $1 billion

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In a positive sign for the U.S. economy, shoppers took advantage of deep discounts both online and in stores over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Black Friday online sales topped $1 billion for the first time, according to comScore, which measures online behavior.

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Hordes of shoppers hit the stores on Black Friday

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Hordes of shoppers descended on stores across the country in the ritual known as Black Friday after many major retailers moved their openings into Thanksgiving night.

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, reported its best ever Black Friday events after opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. During the high traffic period from 8 p.m. through midnight, Wal-Mart processed nearly 10 million register transactions and almost 5,000 items per second. 

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Black Friday planner: Shoppers, get your game face on!

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The most hyped and hectic shopping day of the year is just hours away. If you intend to fight the crowds to grab some bargains, you need to have a plan. 

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Will you be shopping on Black Friday?

Teens banned from shopping alone on Black Friday at Mall of America

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Do you drop your kids off at the mall for a little post Turkey Day shopping or take them with you but let them go off on their own to browse the holiday sales?

Wal-Mart offers its earliest Black Friday ever

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Attention frustrated Black Friday shoppers who can never grab that hot product: Wal-Mart is hoping to relieve some of that anxiety.

The world’s largest retailer is throwing its doors open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than a year ago. It’s also guaranteeing shoppers that it will have three of the most popular items it sells if they line up inside the store during a one-hour event that day.

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