Store Traffic Falls Again on Black Friday but Not All News Is Bad

A surge in online shopping and higher spending by low-income Americans gave a lift to the start of the holiday season, even as initial reports showed that foot traffic to traditional stores continued its long decline.

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  • Date: 2018-11-25T19:22:00.000Z
  • Author: Sarah Nassauer and Khadeeja Safdar
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Black Friday 2018: A not-so-wild day for American shoppers

Here we are again: Mildly annoyed by the obvious consumerism, but totally in love with the deals. It must be Black Friday.

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The Friday after Thanksgiving is still the official start of the holiday shopping season, but things are changing. For starters, Thanksgiving is no longer sacred ‘ shoppers head outside or online to get an early start before the turkey is even cold. And instead of lining up at the crack of dawn after sleeping off their feasts, more people are shopping on their phones. In fact, if you follow the advice of our friends at Wirecutter, you’ll stay home and shop in your PJs.

Black Friday in the UK: Best deals and discounts for football boots & jerseys

The Black Friday phenomenon has infiltrated the British market and retailers across the United Kingdom are cashing in on the craze.

Football fans will be eager to take advantage of the various offers available at their local sports shops, while clubs across the world are applying reductions at’their official stores.

With Christmas just a few weeks away the day gives people a chance to get their hands on gifts for cheap, so it can be worth the long hours queueing if you want to save some money.

Another option is to do your shopping online, but you need to be prepared for delays there too, as some websites can crash with the increased traffic.

Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Google Home Hub, Facebook Portal, Apple HomePod, Alexa gadgets and more

We’re tracking the best smart home bargains from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Fry’s, Target and more, updating frequently.

Whether you’re new to kitting out your home with smart technology, or you’re looking to supplement your existing lineup, if it’s deals on smart-home gadgets that you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place.

Update: Nearly all sales live now.’Deals and availability confirmed on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3:02 p.m. PT.’

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Here’s a rare discount on the Siri-powered Apple HomePod, available at Best Buy for $250, a savings of $100. The deal is live online now, and looks like a fast seller — the darker, space grey version is sold out, but as of 2:30 EST on Thanksgiving Day, you can still get the white version.

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Online surge, lines mark start of Black Friday sales

A large crowd of people shop during a Black Friday sales event at Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street in New York City. (Reuters)

NEW YORK ‘ United States shoppers desperate for deals banged on doors and formed long queues at checkout counters on Black Friday, as a strong economy and rising wages drove a solid start to the holiday shopping season.

Shoppers picked up big ticket items such as TVs, Apple iPads and Watches in-store and online at Target Corp, while phones, toys, gaming consoles and cookware were top sellers at Walmart Inc.

But there was little evidence of the delirious shopper frenzy customary of Black Fridays from past years, in other parts of the country, especially the North East, where crowds were thin due to record-cold weather.

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