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Black Friday sales up 7 pct; retailers look ahead
AP via Yahoo ^ | 11/26/11 | DEE-ANN DURBIN

Posted on 11/26/2011 6:52:32 PM PST by BunnySlippers

The holiday shopping season got off to a strong start on Black Friday, with retail sales up 7 percent over last year, according to the most recent survey. Now stores just have to keep buyers coming back without the promise of door-buster savings.

Buyers spent $11.4 billion at retail stores and malls, up nearly $1 billion from last year, according to a Saturday report from ShopperTrak. It was the largest amount ever spent on the day that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and the biggest year-over-year increase since 2007. Chicago-based ShopperTrak gathers data from 25,000 outlets across the U.S., including individual stores and shopping centers.

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. broke its Black Friday record for shoppers, thanks to a decision to open at midnight for the first time. Around 210,000 visitors came to the mall on Friday, up from 200,000 last year, according to mall spokeswoman Bridget Jewell.

Online shopping was strong as well, with a 24.3 percent increase in online spending on Black Friday, according to IBM, which tracks sales at 500 online retailers.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2011; blackfriday; recovery; retail; shopping
This is so wonderful. Good bump in retail sales.
1 posted on 11/26/2011 6:52:36 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers

What is it after you adjust for inflation?


2 posted on 11/26/2011 6:55:10 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: BunnySlippers
Black Firday.. THAT's RACIST.


3 posted on 11/26/2011 6:56:40 PM PST by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: BunnySlippers

I think they are making stuff up. Our local Best Buy had spots open in the parking lot on Friday morning.


4 posted on 11/26/2011 6:56:51 PM PST by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: BunnySlippers

OWS boycott fail, but they did manage to look super-stupid at that WalMart in San Diego yesterday.


5 posted on 11/26/2011 6:58:02 PM PST by Baladas
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To: BunnySlippers

Stores around here were kind of quiet today. I wonder if a slow Saturday after Black Friday can offset a good Black Friday.


6 posted on 11/26/2011 6:58:06 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: BunnySlippers
“The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. broke its Black Friday record for shoppers, thanks to a decision to open at midnight for the first time.”

So if you adjust for the longer hours this year, is there still a 7% bump? If you report sales as a function of hours open on ‘black Friday’ does this still hold?

Independent of the answer to those questions, it doesn't seem so surprising that in a bad economy people are bargain hunting.

7 posted on 11/26/2011 6:58:26 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: TiredofItalltoo

I went to the mall 2 weeks ago. I hate going to the mall.

It was well before Thanksgiving on a Saturday afternoon and it was JAMMED.


8 posted on 11/26/2011 6:59:46 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

nice Christmas bump for a godless culture.


9 posted on 11/26/2011 7:01:00 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (guitars and women.)
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To: BunnySlippers

sales mean nothing.. it;s profit which are down..


10 posted on 11/26/2011 7:04:09 PM PST by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss

It’s good to see sales up. It is a barometer.


11 posted on 11/26/2011 7:06:43 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

If the fake journalists in America had any sense of intelligence amongst them, they would admit what everyone on Main Street knows: Hussein is a disaster, and there will be NO economic recovery until after American voters FIRE his ass next November.

Instead, they keep trying to prop this miserable jackball up with their propaganda...


12 posted on 11/26/2011 7:07:10 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Brilliant

What method was used to compute total sales on Friday?
There are millions of retailers in the country. Is our government so efficient that in less than 24 hours they accumulated all the data from a million sources and compiled it?

If you believe that, I have some land in Arizona I can sell very very cheap.

We spent several hours today at Alderwood Mall near I-5 in Washington state. It is a very large mall with lots of stores including Nordstrom’s and Macy’s. There were tons of items on sale at 50% off regular price. Checkout lines were very short in most stores we shopped, except Victoria’s Secret. May be last year was so bad this year looks good in comparison. A few years back, we could’nt even find parking space in malls on black Friday.


13 posted on 11/26/2011 7:08:12 PM PST by federal__reserve (Only Herman Cain could break up Barack's 95% black voting block down to 75-80%.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Agree, I am tired of the nightmare economy. Hope things will pick up.


14 posted on 11/26/2011 7:09:58 PM PST by Tolaei1
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To: Brilliant

Speculation, actual numbers come from sales tax receipts.


15 posted on 11/26/2011 7:11:31 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters.)
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To: BunnySlippers

November 28, 2009 11:09 PM PrintText Black Friday Retail Sales Up 0.5% From ‘08
Shoppers spent only slightly more in stores this Black Friday - the traditional post-Thanksgiving Day shopping spree - than they did last year, according to data released Saturday by a national research firm.

Preliminary sales data from ShopperTrak RCT Corp. show shoppers spent $10.66 billion when they hit the malls on the day after Thanksgiving - only 0.5 percent more than last year.


16 posted on 11/26/2011 7:12:44 PM PST by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: Baladas
OWS boycott fail, but they did manage to look super-stupid at that WalMart in San Diego yesterday.

Down twinkles!

Like their childish "occupations" of public parks, most Americans continue ignoring the ravings of the usual leftist suspects.

The occutards must be very disappointed at the complete failure of their "movement" to resonate with pretty much anyone other than their existing echo chamber.

17 posted on 11/26/2011 7:15:32 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: BunnySlippers
Longer hours probably helped. Plus, people are starting to borrow more on credit cards again. But we'll see when the final results come in. I recall this early return last year and turned out to be not so good after all.
18 posted on 11/26/2011 7:15:42 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I would suspect that like all the other numbers they post, they will be revised downward in the coming weeks with an explanation containing the word “unexpected”.


19 posted on 11/26/2011 7:22:24 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Assuming that these numbers from this historically wrong site are correct then we have done nothing short of pulling demand forward. Just as the federal government has done with their deficit spending. If sales for black Friday really were strong then it just means that people just spent their wad, and they won’t be spending so much going forward.


20 posted on 11/26/2011 8:52:02 PM PST by Revel
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To: TiredofItalltoo

“I think they are making stuff up.”

Yep. This is an election cycle. Obama routinely cooks the books and this is another example. I’d like to see alternate numbers for better proof.


21 posted on 11/26/2011 9:06:45 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Calusa

“Preliminary sales data from ShopperTrak RCT Corp. show shoppers spent $10.66 billion when they hit the malls on the day after Thanksgiving - only 0.5 percent more than last year.”

That I can believe, but 7% more I can’t.


22 posted on 11/26/2011 9:08:54 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Grams A

“I would suspect that like all the other numbers they post, they will be revised downward in the coming weeks with an explanation containing the word “unexpected”.”

Yep.


23 posted on 11/26/2011 9:10:11 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: TiredofItalltoo
I think they are making stuff up. Our local Best Buy had spots open in the parking lot on Friday morning.

I didn't have any problem parking anywhere yesterday and lines were short. Maybe the "midnight shoppers" were tired out and had gone to bed by the time I hit the stores at 10am, but unless things were incredibly busy before dawn this black Friday looked worse than last year's.

24 posted on 11/26/2011 10:31:47 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Let’s see how sales do the rest of the month, probably these people got all of their shopping out of the way, and there will be much fewer sales the rest of the way.


25 posted on 11/26/2011 10:35:29 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Revel

Retailers are doing deep discounting, How will this play out for higher end retail?


26 posted on 11/27/2011 1:54:22 AM PST by ChiMark (chewed up his body for a decade)
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To: BunnySlippers

Aren’t these early preliminary numbers wrong year after year after year?


27 posted on 11/27/2011 1:56:49 AM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: BunnySlippers

All that I have seen and heard is that Black Friday was the worst ever. All the MSM wants is for its advertisers to be happy so obviously they want some momentum even by exaggerated numbers.

So I call BS on AP.

In my town it was just a murmur, no crowds rushing the stores, just another day, slightly more busy.


28 posted on 11/27/2011 2:17:12 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: BunnySlippers

High sales does not equal high profits, if you darn near give the stuff away of course it’s going to sell. Let’s see what happens when the prices go up to normal and the less than crazy people who work decide whether to spend this year or not.


29 posted on 11/27/2011 2:39:12 AM PST by this_ol_patriot (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Black Friday is one day and this one was a day of HUGE markdowns to get the people out of the house and into the stores. The shopping season is about 30 days it will take until sometime after that to determine whether it was good or not.

Profitability will be an issue also. If retailers are forced, as I believe they will be, to take ever larger markdowns to move product, the result will be more retail layoffs and a continuing deterioration in the jobs market.


30 posted on 11/27/2011 2:54:42 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: BunnySlippers

I was thinking about the past, when there were no parking spaces on Black Friday. Was that when everyone was using their credit and going into debt?

Shouldn’t there be a correction? Is it bad when people buy only what they can afford?


31 posted on 11/27/2011 4:33:24 AM PST by huldah1776
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