The frenzy associated with Black Friday shopping was missing this year as U.S. retailers offered earlier discounts and more consumers shopped online, though spot checks around the country showed traffic picked up after a sluggish morning. “It’s slow now because we had a big, big rush last night,” said Target electronics salesman Evan Houser, 22, in Chicago. Black Friday remains important for holiday shopping but its relevance is fading amid early promotions, with six fewer sales days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That has pulled spending forward. More than half of consumers polled by the National Retail Federation in the first week of November had begun making purchases. “We’ve seen many merchants start their promotions pretty much right after the trick-or-treaters have gone to bed,” said Lauren Bitar, head of retail consulting at analytics firm RetailNext. Visits to retailers showed more shoppers after a sluggish start Friday – but frantic crowds were nowhere to be seen. “We tend to have more deals in-store so people come in rather than go online … the only problem today is we didn’t expect how slow it would be,” said Mariah Berry, 22, a trainee supervisor at a Chicago Uniqlo. While store traffic still remains… Read full this story
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