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‘Black Friday’ became ‘Before Friday Thursday’ this year

‘Black Friday’ became ‘Before Friday Thursday’ this year

The holiday shopping season kicked off much earlier this year, as at least a dozen national retail chains from Macy’s to Gap to Target opened their stores on Thanksgiving Day. The sales continued through Friday. It’s an exhausting experience for some shoppers, including Curtis Akins of Tifton, Ga. The day after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday, […]

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

Retailers may not see a sales surge this weekend as ho-hum discounts and fears about imminent tax hikes and cuts in government spending give Americans fewer reasons to open their wallets in the last few days before Christmas. The acrimonious debate in Washington over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” is one of a […]

The Christmas the shoppers came back

The Christmas the shoppers came back

Shoppers came back in force for the holidays, right to the end. After two dreary years, Christmas 2010 will go down as the holiday Americans rediscovered how much they like to shop. People spent more than expected on family and friends and splurged on themselves, too, an ingredient missing for two years. Clothing such as […]