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Autozone Inc. fell $4.49 or 1.0 percent, to $456.02. Bed Bath& Beyond Inc. fell $1.11 or 1.4 percent, to $77.03. Best Buy rose$. 80 or 1.9 percent, to $42.80.
Autozone Inc. rose$. 02 or percent, to $460.53. Bed Bath& Beyond Inc. fell$. 27 or. 3 percent, to $77.87. Best Buy fell$. 04 or. 1 percent, to $41.96.
Autozone Inc. rose$. 89 or. 2 percent, to $460.51. Bed Bath& Beyond Inc. rose$. 14 or. 2 percent, to $78.14. RadioShack rose$. 07 or 2.5 percent, to $2.91.
Autozone Inc. fell $1.98 or. 4 percent, to $459.62. Bed Bath& Beyond Inc. fell$. 03 or percent, to $78.00. Best Buy rose$. 53 or 1.3 percent, to $41.08.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp, Toys R Us, Macy's Inc, J.C. Penney Co Inc and Best Buy Co Inc were among the brick-and-mortar chains that started their online deals early. "All of them are behind Amazon, but some are starting to catch up," said Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough.
To compete with each other and powerhouse Amazon.com Inc, many U.S. retailers began offering some of the season's best online deals, which were traditionally reserved for the Monday after Thanksgiving, several days ago.
Black Friday retail sales may have been more sizzle than steak. Traffic was up, but spending was down.
NEW YORK, Dec 1- Heavy discounting took a toll on U.S. retail sales during the Thanksgiving weekend as shoppers spent almost 3 percent less than they did a year earlier, according to data released Sunday by an industry group.
Skariachan NEW YORK, Nov 29- U.S. retailers' controversial choice to kick off the U.S. holiday shopping season early, on Thanksgiving, may not pay off as much as they had hoped. Even Macy's Inc's flagship store in New York City opened then for the first time in its 155- year history, at 8 p.m. Some U.S. shoppers played along, hitting the Internet and stores on Thanksgiving.
Investors and Wall Street strategists who follow retail sales provided Reuters with some guidelines to avoid being confused by the deluge of data. They say that it is best to measure or forecast sales over a three-month period- from November to the end of January- rather than just a few days or a few weeks around Thanksgiving or heading into Christmas.
Skariachan NEW YORK, Nov 29- U.S. retailers' controversial choice to kick off the U.S. holiday shopping season early, on Thanksgiving, may not pay off as much as they had hoped.
A look at the early winners and losers from the heavily discounted Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday weekend.
The Nasdaq got a boost from the technology sector, with Apple up 1.9 percent at $556.07, Microsoft Corp up 1.4 percent at $38.13 and Amazon Inc up 1.8 percent at $393.62. We wouldn't be shocked at all to see the small and mid-cap names lag a little bit, "said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist with Schaeffer's Investment Research, in Cincinnati.
Sales that began Thursday continued through Friday. Many people complained about the early start, but still they went out shopping anyway.
Stay up late or sleep in? More Black Friday shoppers abandon early morning hours in favor of sleep.
U.S. stocks on Friday tallied a third month of gains.
Some of Friday's midday movers.
Eager to entice cautious consumers, especially with six fewer shopping days this year than in 2012, many retailers offered sales on Thanksgiving, traditionally a day for family, friends and football games.
*Markets closing at 1 p.m.; volume expected to be light. NEW YORK, Nov 29- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Friday, with investors wary of making big bets in a short post-holiday session, though the S&P 500 is set for its longest weekly winning streak in 10 years.
Despite saying it would be competitive on price this holiday, analysts said Best Buy is poised to be one of the season's winners.