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Black Friday weekend sales slump amid holiday bargain marathon
Black Friday weekend sales slump amid holiday bargain marathon

Holiday promotions that debuted as early as October led to a sharp decrease in Black Friday weekend sales, as some consumers took a breather from buying, according to industry data released Sunday. Traffic from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday fell 5.2.% to 133.7 million unique visitors, compared with 141.1 million last year, the National Retail Federation said. About 55% of this season's holiday shoppers browsed in stores or online during the long weekend, down from nearly 59% last year. Total spending during the big shopping weekend was forecasted to drop to $50.9 billion, down from $57.4 billion last year. The average shopper will have cut consumption over the long weekend 6.4% to...

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