Black Friday

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Retailers Boost Discounts to Lure Hesitant Shoppers

Economic uncertainty is affecting spending habits on Black Friday

(Newser) - Stores stepped up discounts and other enticements on Black Friday to entice shoppers holding out for the best deals. But retailers worry those may not be enough, per the AP . Consumers are coming under pressure as their savings dwindle and credit card debt grows. And although they've gotten some...

Retailers Steel for What May Be a Holiday Mixed Bag

Consumers seem set to spend on Black Friday, but how much, how long after that remains a question

(Newser) - The holiday season is a critical one for many US retailers, and with Black Friday just two days away, it appears consumers are gearing up for a shopping spree: According to the National Retail Federation, about 182 million people are expected to open their wallets online and at brick-and-mortar stores...

Online Shoppers Set Record for Black Friday

$9.12B topped 2020 mark, and Cyber Monday is expected to be bigger

(Newser) - The results are in from Black Friday, and though concern about the economy affected online shoppers, it didn't slow them down. Spending for the day hit a record $9.12 billion, Adobe Analytics found, up 2.3% over a year ago and topping the previous high of $9.03...

Inflation Is a Big Worry for Black Friday Shoppers

People are more reluctant to spend big this year

(Newser) - Black Friday marks a return to familiar holiday shopping patterns, but inflation is weighing on consumers. Elevated prices for food, rent, gasoline, and other household costs have taken a toll on shoppers. As a result, many are reluctant to spend unless there is a big sale and are being more...

This Retailer Is Bucking Black Friday for Good

REI says its #OptOutside policy will become permanent starting this year

(Newser) - The shift against Black Friday is continuing, with REI announcing it will be store policy to close its doors on the day after Thanksgiving. The Seattle-based outdoor goods retailer has remained closed on Black Friday each year since 2015 as part of its #OptOutside movement, per CBS News . "But...

Contractors Threaten FedEx Holiday Delivery
FedEx Faces
Threat to Delivery

FedEx Faces Threat to Delivery

Many contractors say they're losing money on the deal as costs rise

(Newser) - Business has been good for FedEx Ground, whose revenue has climbed more than 60% from pre-pandemic levels. Many of the contractors who ensure packages reach consumers' doors are less happy with the situation: Up to 30% of them are losing money because of the rising cost of trucks, fuel, and...

Sheriff: Dad of Oxford Suspect Bought Gun on Black Friday

Official says he wasn't aware of threats of violence before Tuesday's attack at school north of Detroit

(Newser) - The 15-year-old suspect who fatally shot three students and injured seven others and a teacher at Oxford High School north of Detroit on Tuesday used a gun purchased by his father on Black Friday, according to the local sheriff. The sophomore was in possession of the 9mm Sig Sauer SP2022...

7 Hurt After Black Friday Mall Shootings in NC, Tacoma

And in Tennessee, 3 are dead, 4 wounded after mass shooting in Nashville apartment

(Newser) - A trio of shootings across the US left three dead and nearly a dozen injured on Black Friday. NBC News reports that the three fatalities happened at an apartment in Nashville, Tenn., in an incident that also left four injured. Per WKRN , police responded to the shooting that took place...

Protesters Pressure Amazon With Black Friday Actions

Various groups call for treating employees better, paying taxes, cutting emissions

(Newser) - A coalition of organizations protested at Amazon buildings in the US and Europe on Friday, causing scattered disruptions on one of the company's busiest days. Separately, the environmental group Extinction Rebellion blocked access to distribution centers in the UK, the BBC reports, and said at least 30 of its...

Site Suggests 10 Legit Deals on Black Friday

WalletHub notes that many 'sales' aren't actually sales

(Newser) - Not all Black Friday deals are as good as they seem, with WalletHub concluding that nearly a quarter of such "deals" offer no savings at all. (They compared prices beforehand with those on the big sales day.) The site, however, looked at products in a wide range of...

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
How Black Friday Really Did

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
Costco Pays Dearly
for Shopping SNAFU
the rundown

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...

France May Ban Black Friday
It's 'Block Friday'
in This Country

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...

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