'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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Store uses plus-size mannequins to reflect true shape of shoppers

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One of Britain’s largest department store chains has introduced plus-sized mannequins at its flag-ship store in an effort to represent the shape of its shoppers better.

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Fickle fashion? Retailers scramble as teen clothing sales drop

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Like any high school crush, this one was bound to fizzle, but the breakup was still tough — especially because millions of dollars were riding on this infatuation.

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Hate it? An insider’s guide to returning gifts

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It happens. You get a gift and you want to return it. Maybe you don’t need another electric can opener or you’re not fond of that bright pink necktie.

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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Who will have the best deals on Cyber Monday?

“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 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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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?

Survey: 45% of Americans would prefer to skip Christmas

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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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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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Tablets, Turtles make holiday toys ‘most wanted’ list

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Tablet computers, turtles and a new take on a furry old-timer are the hot toys retailers and manufacturers hope will spark a rebound from a dismal 2011 holiday season, according to a closely watched “Most Wanted” list released on Friday.

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Looking for Mr. Right? Go shopping in Paris

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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.