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  • The holidays were 'a big win' for struggling retailers as sales soared

    12/26/2017 9:22:00 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 26,2017 | Dennis Green
    Retailers had strong sales for the holiday season. Black Friday and Super Saturday were the biggest days for overall spending. Numbers were boosted by a rise in electronics sales and online shopping. Retailers had a very happy holiday. Retail sales from November 1 through Christmas Eve were up 4.9% over last year, according to data from Mastercard SpendingPulse. That's the highest rate of growth since 2011. That number was given a strong boost by online sales, which were up 18.1% over the season. Much of this growth was due to the new ease of shopping online later in the season,...
  • Black Friday's surprise big seller? Guns

    11/27/2017 11:51:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | November 27, 2017 | By AIMEE PICCHI
    Black Friday may appeal to Americans looking for a bargain on electronics or clothing, but another type of product is on its way to becoming a staple on holiday lists: firearms. The FBI received more than 203,000 requests for background checks on gun purchases on Black Friday, the agency said in an email, a record for one day. Indeed, Black Friday is becoming a popular day to buy guns, given the FBI's previous record-setting days for background checks on firearms purchases were set on Black Friday in 2016 and 2015. The boost in gun sales comes as firearms makers slash...
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now worth $100B thanks to Black Friday boom

    11/26/2017 8:46:56 PM PST · by Blue House Sue · 29 replies
    NBC ^ | 11/25/17 | YELENA DZHANOVA
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has reached a net worth of $100 billion — it's enough this holiday to buy over half a billion Echo speakers or pay the yearly subscriptions of more than 670 million Amazon Music Unlimited accounts. The online retail mogul this week surpassed Bill Gates on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, advancing almost $11 billion past the Microsoft co-founder. He can thank Black Friday sales for helping Amazon shares to jump more than 2 percent and online holiday sales to increase by more than 18 percent since last year, Bloomberg reported.
  • Guns were Black Friday must-haves, going by the FBI’s record 203,086 background-check requests

    11/26/2017 4:22:06 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 11/26/2017 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    For decades, the term "Black Friday" has conjured up distinct images: Turkey-stuffed consumers awake at insanely early hours of the morning, bursting into big-box stores to fight over flat screen TVs. But in a muzzle flash, it seems, a new image may be replacing that stereotype. It involves a trigger and, possibly, a scope. On Friday, the FBI received 203,086 requests for instant gun background checks, according to USA Today — nearly a 10 percent increase from the year before and a new record for background checks in a single day. That's not an anomaly. According to the FBI, the...
  • Black Friday posts new single day record for gun checks at more than 200,000

    11/26/2017 9:00:58 AM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    usatoday | Nov. 26, 2017 | Kevin Johnson
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  • Black Friday madness sees one person shot and another stabbed in Houston Sears parking lot,...

    11/25/2017 11:37:45 AM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Nov. 25, 2017 | James Wilkinson and Jennifer Smith and Valerie Edwards For
    FULL TITLE: Black Friday madness sees one person shot and another stabbed in Houston Sears parking lot, and seven people, including state lawmaker, arrested in Missouri mall protest - but experts say it was BEST shopping day in four years Black Friday was marred for many by the usual chaos and scuffling this year - but in some places things got truly nasty. One such incident occurred in Houston, where a fight in a car park saw one person shot and another stabbed. Another saw the police being accused of violence after a protest in a Missouri mall ended with...
  • Annual reminder that discount Christmas sales remain illegal in Idaho

    11/25/2017 6:49:22 AM PST · by Twotone · 22 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | November 24, 2017 | Wayne Hoffman
    Every year since 2012, I have written and complained about Idaho’s Depression-era law that hurts businesses and consumers. Here it is again: In 1939, the Idaho Legislature passed the Unfair Sales Act. That statute says, “The practice of selling certain items of merchandise below cost in order to attract patronage is a deceptive form of advertising and an unfair method of competition. Such practice misleads the consumer, works back against the farmer, obstructs commerce and diverts business from dealers who maintain a fair price policy, with the result of unemployment, underpayment of employees, excessive working hours, nonpayment of taxes and...
  • London police responding to incident at Oxford Circus (possible attack)

    11/24/2017 9:24:06 AM PST · by NRx · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 11-24-2017 | staff
    (CNN)Police are responding to an incident at the Oxford Circus underground station in London. The British Transport Police said on Twitter that officers were on the scene, but gave no further details. The station is located on the city's busy Oxford Street, a shopping strip usually busy with pedestrians and heavy traffic. The incident comes as throngs of shoppers flocked to the area for Black Friday retail sales. Developing story - more to come
  • List the BEST Online Black Friday Sales You Found So We Can Get In On It

    11/24/2017 5:49:08 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 59 replies
    Self | November 24, 2017 | PJ-Comix
    Okay, I got a few good ONLINE Black Friday deals. I love buying online because you are crazy if you think ol' PJ is going to fight the crazed crowds in the stores. Anyway, even though I got some good deals ONLINE, I have this gnawing fear that I missed out on some even better deals. Therefore if you found some good ONLINE Black Friday deals still active, please post them here. If they aren't easy to find, then please provide the links if possible. Okay, I'll start out with my very obvious Black Friday buys. Of course, this means...
  • One shot outside Missouri mall, brawls close Alabama shopping center as Black Friday begins

    11/24/2017 4:09:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Daily News ^ | November 24, 2017 | Christopher Brennan
    One person was shot outside a Missouri mall as swarms of shoppers looking for Black Friday deals saw chaos pop up throughout the country. An unidentified 19-year-old received life-threatening injuries after being shot in the parking lot of a center in the college town of Columbia late Thursday night, according to KMIZ. 
  • Huge Black Friday brawl inside mall as 'shopper throws shoe which hits baby'

    11/24/2017 4:52:35 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 61 replies
    Mirror ^ | 24 Nov 17 | Chris kitching,
    Huge Black Friday brawl inside mall as 'shopper throws shoe which hits baby' and women wrestle on floor Footage shows women punching and kicking each other as police try to break them apart before the entire mall is shut down Black Friday shoppers got into a huge brawl at a shopping mall as wild footage shows women wrestling on the floor and being handcuffed by police. Women were seen punching and kicking each other, while one allegedly threw a shoe that hit a baby. There were scenes of chaos as the women brawled and police and staff struggled to break...
  • Thanksgiving travelers to stuff I-15 with up to 45-minute delays

    11/21/2017 7:15:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | November 20, 2017 | Lee Davidson
    Early Thanksgiving travelers are expected to stuff Interstate 15 with heavy traffic and delays this week. The Utah Department of Transportation is predicting heavy delays — of up to 45 minutes — on Interstate 15 along the Wasatch Front during the evening commute on Wednesday, as many people head out of town or escape from work a bit early for the holiday. UDOT said its engineers expect a 25 percent increase in traffic on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, compared to a typical weekday commute of about 200,000 cars per day. It expects heavier than normal traffic on Tuesday from...
  • Despite Predictions, Black Friday Produced Record-Breaking Gun Sales

    12/01/2016 3:18:28 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    Media be damned, last Friday’s gun sales exceeded all expectations – retailers included. Despite grim warnings in the weeks leading up to Black Friday, the FBI is reporting their National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed 185,713 total background checks on firearm purchase this year. That’s more background checks run on a single day since the system was launched almost two decades ago. NICS numbers are the closest indication of gun sales since they determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms. Before ringing up a sale, cashiers call in a check to the FBI or to...
  • Patagonia To Donate 10 Million Dollars From Black Friday Sales

    11/30/2016 6:24:47 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 11/30/2016 | Meghan Breen
    Patagonia's Black Friday sales hit a record-breaking 10-million dollars... and they're donating all of it! That amount is five times more than what the outdoor clothing and gear company expected to earn, but Patagonia is keeping its promise to give away the sales it brought in on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. The 10-million dollars will go to nearly 800 environmental groups around the world. The vice president of environmental activism at Patagonia says the company came up with the idea to help bring people together after a divisive presidential election.
  • Americans Are Voting Again This Weekend

    11/27/2016 10:17:16 AM PST · by Strac6 · 31 replies
    She Who Must Obeyed (Mrs. Strac) | Vanity
    Mrs. Strac and three friends just returned from two hours of retail therapy. In most years, the stores at all the local malls would be overflowing with merchandise this weekend. Today, they were full of shoppers, but almost empty of items to purchase. The shelves were actually bare in many departments. Mrs. Strac questioned a number of managers and received the same reply from each. They all reported they had been overflowing with merchandise on Friday, but as soon as the stores opened, they were inundated with record numbers of purchasers. These were not just “tire-kickers” but actual buyers. In...
  • Black Friday shoppers fight over reduced towels with one in such a frenzy she falls [tr]

    11/26/2016 3:09:20 PM PST · by kevcol · 25 replies
    Mirror-UK ^ | November 25, 2016 | Marc Walker
    A grabbing frenzy erupts at a superstore with scores of Black Friday shoppers fighting tooth and nail for TOWELS. The mainly female crowd of bargain-hunters whoops, hollers and cries out with excitement over the reduced fabric and other household wares. Most squabbles over Black Friday bargains have tended to be over higher value items, such as TVs and games consoles. Chaos descended at the Walmart in Bainbridge, Georgia, with one getting so over-excited
  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P 500, Dow hit record highs on Black Friday

    11/25/2016 6:51:03 AM PST · by John W · 8 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | November 25, 2016 | Reuters
    Nov 25 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow opened at record intraday highs on Friday, helped by gains in healthcare and consumer staple stocks at the start of the crucial holiday shopping season.
  • Biggest Holiday Spurge in HISTORY! Sales Surge 13% As Stores Take Record $2BILLION Thanksgiving

    11/25/2016 4:18:13 AM PST · by drewh · 58 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | PUBLISHED: 18:23 EST, 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 06:19 EST, 25 November 2016 | staff reported
    Hope for $3.1billion on Black Friday amid post-election spending boom Online shoppers charged out of the gate, spending more than $1.15billion between midnight and 5pm Forecasters expect the total value of Thanksgiving Day purchases to be more than $2billion It was an increase of more than 13 per cent on what was spent during the same time frame in 2015, and Adobe said it expected the Thanksgiving Day total to surge past $2billion in the next few hours. The forecasters expect almost $900million of the total figure to come from purchases made on mobile devices. The National Retailers Foundation says...
  • Trump team looks to cash in on Black Friday

    11/25/2016 11:01:40 AM PST · by conservative98 · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 25, 2016 | Natalie O'Neill
    Donald Trump’s online campaign shop is joining the Black Friday madness. The president-elect’s campaign is cashing in on the busy shopping day by offering 30 percent off his “Make America Great Again” gear, according to an email blast sent Friday. But to score a bargain on The Donald’s retail goodies — including caps, foam fingers and buttons — buyers are required to enter their employer and occupation on the shop’s website. A Trump spokeswoman said the information would be used for future fundraising. “That information is required for all political fundraising,” said spokeswoman Hope Hicks. To tap into the sale,...
  • Mark Dice: BLACK FRIDAY ZOMBIES 2016

    11/25/2016 10:26:59 AM PST · by conservative98 · 8 replies
    Mark Dice Youtube Channel ^ | Nov 25, 2016 | Mark Dice
    Black Friday Zombie shoppers lined up by the hundreds at Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and other Box Box retailers. Have a look at these parasitic consumers who can't wait to buy more flatscreen televisions, tablets, and toasters, while they go deeper into credit card debt. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story.