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Black Friday proper sees smaller crowds this year
Black Friday proper sees smaller crowds this year

When Nordstrom in Thousand Oaks opened its doors Friday at 8 a.m., Chuck Pierson had been awake for more than two hours after being dragged "kicking and groggily screaming" on his wife's quest to find perfect shoes. The only fate that could be worse? Joining the hordes of shoppers who swarmed into stores the night before. "Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, but Black Friday — fine," said the nursing instructor, 65. "Black Thursday evening? I don't think so." The annual Friday consumption extravaganza remains the busiest shopping event of the year, according to ShopperTrak. Americans turned out in droves to spend Hanukkah gift money, knock...

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