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Black Friday Sales Break a New Record

US retail websites rock an estimated $9B in sales

(Newser) - Black Friday online sales hit a new record this year as pandemic-wary Americans filled virtual carts instead of real ones, the AP reports. Consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on US retail websites on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online shopping. That was a 22% increase over...

Sacramento Mall Evacuated After Man Killed in Shooting

Police say the suspect fled

(Newser) - A shooting at a Sacramento mall Friday killed one young man and left a teen with life-threatening wounds and police looking for the attacker, the Sacramento Bee reports. Shots were reported shortly after 6pm at Arden Fair Mall, police spokesman Karl Chan said. One person was found dead at the...

Black Friday Crowds Will Be Much Smaller This Year

But it's still a beacon of hope for struggling stores

(Newser) - After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal times:...

Walmart: Here's Our New Black Friday Plan

For one thing, its deals will be spread over 3 weekends

(Newser) - Walmart says it will spread out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores during a pandemic, the AP reports. The nation's largest retailer said Wednesday that more of its doorbuster deals will be reserved for online,...

On Cyber Monday, a 'Threat' Has Emerged Against Amazon

Target, Walmart, other retailers could suck share on what's set to be biggest online shopping day yet

(Newser) - Nearly 70 million Americans will be plopped in front of their computers or phones today, and not just because they're back to the grind after the long holiday weekend. It's Cyber Monday, an online extension of the Black Friday sales that have gone on for years, and Reuters...

How Black Friday Really Did

Sales should hit $9.4B by Cyber Monday

(Newser) - This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, as fewer people hit the stores and shoppers rang up $7.4 billion in transactions from their phones, computers, and tablets, the AP reports. That's just behind the $7.9 billion haul of last year's Cyber...

Three Stabbed Among Shoppers in The Hague

(Newser) - Three people were wounded in stabbings in The Hague’s main shopping street Friday night, and police were searching for at least one suspect, Netherlands authorities said. Police spokeswoman Marije Kuiper told the AP in a telephone interview that it was still too early to say whether a terror motive...

Costco Pays Dearly for Shopping SNAFU

Website crashed on Thanksgiving, costing the company an estimated $11M in sales

(Newser) - Black Friday 2019 is winding down, and if there's a quote that sums up the gist of the day's coverage, it might be this one in the Wall Street Journal . "The mad rush isn’t here anymore," says Reila Prose of the San Antonio area while...

It's 'Block Friday' in This Country

French lawmakers, activists worry about overconsumption

(Newser) - More than 200 brands are boycotting Black Friday in France this year. But come next year, there might not be a Black Friday in the country at all. A French legislative committee on Monday approved an amendment to an anti-waste bill that proposes to ban Black Friday and other "...

This Is the Shortest Holiday Shopping Season Since 2013

More intense scramble predicted

(Newser) - The mad scramble between Thanksgiving and Christmas just got six days shorter. Black Friday once again kicks off the start of the holiday shopping season. But with six fewer days than last year, it will be the shortest season since 2013 because Thanksgiving fell on the 28th—the latest possible...

Time and a Half for Working Thanksgiving? Not at Walmart

Employees will get modest store discount instead for working shifts this holiday weekend

(Newser) - Walmart will be operating at regular hours this Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but unlike retailers Target and Amazon, it won't be offering employees paid time and a half. In fact, as the Guardian reports, Walmart workers won't get any extra pay. Instead, they'll receive a 10% discount...

The Best Black Friday Guides, and the 'Nasty Surprises'

Top primers on top deals

(Newser) - It's Black Friday, and if you didn't get a jump on your holiday shopping on Thanksgiving itself (or even if you did), there are more deals waiting for you today. The New York Times sums up what products make sense to shop for (video games, "smart" home...

Gunman Killed During Black Friday Sales

2 others injured at Alabama mall

(Newser) - Alabama's biggest mall is closed until further notice after a shooting that left two people injured and the suspect dead. The incident happened Thursday night at Riverchase Galleria in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, which had been scheduled to stay open until midnight ahead of Black Friday sales, NBC...

68.9% Off?! Stores With the Best Black Friday Discounts

WalletHub ranks 35 major stores by average discount

(Newser) - Black Friday is just a week and a half away, and WalletHub has the lowdown on which stores you might want to hit up. The site analyzed Black Friday ads from 35 major US retailers—comprising almost 7,000 deals—and ranked the stores by average discount. That's not...

Black Friday Broke Background-Check Record

The previous record was set last year

(Newser) - On Black Friday this year, American shoppers may have bought record numbers of a perennial favorite: guns. The FBI says it had 203,086 requests for background checks on Friday, smashing the previous single-day record of 185,713, which was set on Black Friday last year, USA Today reports. The...

TVs May Be Best Deals for Black Friday Shoppers

The holiday shopping sprint is underway

(Newser) - Black Friday is here, and 2017's version looks like it might be the strongest one in recent years, reports Business Insider . Generally speaking, crowds are looking larger, perhaps thanks to metrics such as low unemployment and a rising stock market. "The turnout is clearly better than the last...

The Instant Pot's Road to World Domination

'When the time for an idea has arrived, nothing can stop it'

(Newser) - Robert Wang has a simple goal: "an Instant Pot in every kitchen." And CBC reports the Canadian inventor is poised to make significant strides toward that goal this Black Friday. Wang invented the Instant Pot in 2008 after getting laid off from his software engineering job, according to...

Black Friday Sales to Watch Out For

Including $99 laptops and a $190 PS4

(Newser) - Retailers including Sears, Kmart, and Target are kicking off holiday sales early this year as a report finds more shoppers plan to spread out their purchases, reports USA Today . Then there are those hoping to draw the Black Friday crowds. Though Nov. 24 is still weeks away, these retailers are...

Target Shaking Up Black Friday Shopping

No more 24-hour Black Friday shopping

(Newser) - Target is offering shoppers a breather after holiday shopping on Thanksgiving, the AP reports. The Minneapolis-based discounter says it will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving and then close at midnight local time. Its stores will then reopen at 6am local time on Friday until 10pm, 11pm, or midnight local time....

Holiday Shopping May Be Pricier This Year

UPS to raise fees for retailers during busy weeks

(Newser) - If you’re not one of those rare birds who finishes their holiday shopping in summer, you might want to consider becoming one. As the Wall Street Journal reports, shoppers might see an increase in prices or shipping fees when the holiday rush comes around. Why? UPS announced Monday that...

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