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Black Friday

Black Friday generated big crowds at retail stores

Black Friday generated big crowds at retail stores

NEW YORK —Black Friday lived up to its reputation as the busiest shopping day of the year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, which estimates that about 151 million people visited a mall or shopping center over the weekend. “Black Friday kicked the holiday shopping season into high gear, driven by positive consumer

Dollar General announces holiday initiatives

Dollar General announces holiday initiatives

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — With the year-end holidays approaching, Dollar General announced it is offering customers everyday low prices on thousands of items useful in celebrating “affordably and in style,” with a holiday assortment that includes home décor in trendy themes, gifts for family and friends, fashionable apparel for winter weather and food and snack items.

Thanksgiving shopping saw deeper discounts

Thanksgiving shopping saw deeper discounts

CHICAGO — The nation’s retailers used hefty discounts to lure Black Friday shoppers into their stores and to their websites to capture as much spending as they could over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, according to research firm Market Track LLC. Retailers proactively released their circulars on average three days earlier than last year through their

Holiday sales edge up in food, drug, mass retail arena

NEW YORK — For 2015, the food, drug and mass retail channel saw holiday sales growth in line with that of recent years. Total sales for discount stores grew 3.3% for the 28-day period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, compared with 3.5% in 2014, according to research by Racher Press, the publisher of MMR. Same-store sales

Seminal retail event

NEW YORK – Surging online sales contrasted with disappointing brick-and-mortar volume as the holiday shopping season got under way. E-commerce purchases soared 14% on Cyber Monday to a record $3 billion plus, causing websites including target.com to temporarily crash from overuse. In-store crowds for Black Friday, by comparison, were thinner than expected. ShopperTrak estimated brick-and-mortar