Black Friday took wind out of retail sails

Black Friday took wind out of retail sails

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. retail receipts fell in the week ending Friday as consumers pulled back from a record sales day on Black Friday, a trade group said.
3 more syringes found in Walmart clothes

3 more syringes found in Walmart clothes

CARTERSVILLE, Ga., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Three more syringes were found in clothes purchased at a Georgia Walmart, bringing to eight the total number of needles found since last week, officials said.
Holiday shopping season takes off; consumers are ready to spend

Holiday shopping season takes off; consumers are ready to spend

CHICAGO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Consumer enthusiasm last weekend has U.S. retailers crossing their fingers that spending momentum will keep up through the holiday season.

U.S. gun sales surge on Black Friday

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The FBI says it was inundated with requests for background checks from prospective gun buyers during last week's Black Friday holiday shopping crush.
Retailers extend Cyber Monday throughout week

Retailers extend Cyber Monday throughout week

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Some U.S. online retailers extended Cyber Monday sales through the week as shoppers spent a projected $1.2 billion on the year's biggest online shopping day.

Black Friday pepper spraying may have been self defense

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The woman who used pepper spray during a Black Friday stampede at a Los Angeles Walmart store may have feared being crushed, police said.
Gold good for small gain Monday

Gold good for small gain Monday

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Gold prices rose 1.2 percent Monday, as equities soared on Wall Street following a record Black Friday sales day with receipts estimated at $11.4 billion.
Black Friday sales at record $11.4 billion

Black Friday sales at record $11.4 billion

CHICAGO, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. shoppers spent a record $11.4 billion on Black Friday with sales up 6.6 percent from last year, a retail research firm said.
Authorities crack down on 150 Web sites

Authorities crack down on 150 Web sites

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. authorities said they were out in force on Cyber Monday, cracking down on Internet companies selling counterfeit merchandise.

Cyber Monday forecast to break record

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Cyber Monday sales will likely set a record, analysts say, after a Thanksgiving weekend when a record 226 million U.S. shoppers spent $52 billion.

Welcome to Small Business Saturday

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Every U.S. retailer should have a holiday, promoters of Small Business Saturday said.
Incidents mar Black Friday

Incidents mar Black Friday

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Some Black Friday shoppers showed a more aggressive approach to bargain-hunting than others, with one California shopper using pepper spray to ward off rivals.

Fake iTunes e-mail contains virus

BERLIN, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- An e-mail that looks like it originated from Apple's iTunes store includes a virus that can steal personal information, sources told The Daily Telegraph.

Safe shopping tips for Cyber Monday

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The next national U.S. shopping event after Black Friday, called Cyber Monday, is fraught with possibilities for error, a private Internet firm said.

Busiest time of the year for burn centers

NASHVILLE, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Thanksgiving and Black Friday, "opening day" for the U.S. Christmas shopping season, also signal the start of the busiest time for burn centers, physicians say.
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Black Friday
A sign advertising a bin filled with DVDs on sale for 'Black Friday' is displayed at a Best Buy store on November 25, 2011 in Chicago. Best Buy along with Target and other retailers opened their stores at 12 a.m. or even Thursday night for the first time in years hoping to get an early start on 'Black Friday', the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early, often at 4 a.m., or earlier, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many British Commonwealth countries. Black Friday is not actually a holiday, but most non-retail employers give their employees the day off, increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005,[1] although news reports, which at that time were inaccurate,[2] have described it as the busiest shopping day of the year for a much longer period of time.[3] The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.[4] Use of the term started before 1966 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the black".[5] For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6:00, but in the late 2000s, many had crept to 5:00 or even 4:00. This was taken to a new extreme in 2011, when several retailers (including Target, Kohls, Macy's, Best Buy, and Bealls) will open at midnight for the first time, forcing employees to either go without enough sleep or miss all or part of Thanksgiving with family. A backlash has resulted, with an online petition gathering more than 184,000 virtual signatures urging Target to let their employees have Thanksgiving with their families instead of their employer.[6] Walmart will open at 10:00 on Thanksgiving night and Toys 'R' Us at 9:00. In 2010, Sears was open on Thanksgiving day. Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, the day after occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November.

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