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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.
“Get your smart phones and your computers ready,” said Paypal shopping specialist Claudia Lombana, who recommends savvy shoppers track products with apps. Consumers can expect deep discounts on apparel, electronics and jewelry.
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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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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.
Will you be shopping on Black Friday?
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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?
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Despite a whittling away of consumer debt that has been underway since the recession, many Americans are still entering the holiday season unprepared to cope with the expenses that crop up around this time of year.
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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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Women gather and take pictures in front of boxes where men stand like toys on Sept. 11 in Paris, on the opening day of a store of the online dating site “AdopteUnMec.com” (AdoptAGuy.com), where women can choose and also date men according to their profiles and taste. This traveling store will open ten days in Paris, before going to Brussels, Lausanne, Toulouse and Lyon and then going back to Paris.