Black Friday Gets a Little Less Frenzied

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year.

There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans took advantage of stores’ earlier opening hours to do their shopping on Thanksgiving Day.

That might be hard to stomach for people worried about commercial encroachment on Thanksgiving. But it is good news for bargain-hunters who hate crowds.

Whether it’s good news for retailers remains to be seen. Sales estimates for the start of the holiday shopping season will start …

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Best Buy’s Website Goes Down on Black Friday

Best Buy’s website suffered a prolonged outage on Black Friday, as a concentrated spike in mobile traffic led the electronics retailer to it shut down temporarily.

The website is now working after being offline for about a hour on Black Friday morning. For a short period, a visit to the Best Buy website said: “We’re sorry. BestBuy.com is currently unavailable. Check back soon.”

Best Buy spokeswoman Amy von Walter said a spike in mobile traffic triggered issues led Best Buy to shut down the website “in order to take proactive measures to restore full performance.”

The short-term glitch comes at …

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CEOs of Major Retailers Call Black Friday Sales a Promising Start

Now that the first big burst of Black Friday weekend shopping is done, we thought we’d check in with some top executives and analysts in the retail industry to get an early read on things so far. The weekend is expected to generate sales of $50 billion and some 140 million Americans are expected to hit the stores.

By all accounts, the peak holiday season got off to a promising start, with big jumps in online sales and shoppers in the mood to spend.

Wal-Mart Stores said Thanksgiving, now called “Gray Thursday” by some, was its second busiest day ever …

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Big Black Friday Stakes

The so-called “Super Bowl” of retail is finally upon us.

On Thursday afternoon, major U.S. retailers kicked off the annual shopping bonanza known as Black Friday, a weekend expected to generate $50 billion in sales.

While the busiest time of the holiday shopping season is really the weekend before Christmas, Black Friday really sets the tone for the season, and gives retailers a read on what’s working and what’s not, and what consumer mood is at the start of a season that generates 30% of annual profit for the industry. (A word of caution: time and again, a big Black …

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