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  • WEST HARTFORD, Conn./ CHICAGO, Nov 28- Mall crowds were relatively thin on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. Across the United States, shoppers were greeted by protesters at hundreds of stores- some calling for higher wages...

  • WEST HARTFORD, Conn./ CHICAGO, Nov 28- Mall crowds were relatively thin on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. "It just looks like any other weekend," said Angela Olivera, a 32- year-old housewife shopping for children's...

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 2:11 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $2.37 or 1.7 percent, to $142.12. Target rose $1.84 or 2.5 percent, to $74.00. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose $2.57 or 3.0 percent, to $87.55.

  • Judge: WMT must let NYC church challenge gun sales Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 2:06 PM ET
    Residents shop at Walmart as the store prepares for Black Friday in Los Angeles, Calif., November 24, 2014.

    A federal judge ordered Wal-Mart Stores to let shareholders vote on a proposal to force tighter oversight of its sale of high-capacity guns.

  • *Oil falls to 2010 low, Exxon Mobil tumbles. *Retailers higher, Wal-Mart boosts Dow. "Crude seems to have no floor right now, and we could easily see the price drop into the low $60 s," said Tony Roth, chief investment officer at Wilmington Trust in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp, Best Buy Co Inc and Lowe's Cos Inc and other merchants are combining in-store pickup with lower online prices to draw shoppers to their stores. "Most retailers are still trying to figure out where is the right place to position this additional inventory... a lot of them aren't quite prepared," said Michael DuVall, a supply chain...

  • 'Gray Thursday' makes for smoother Friday shopping Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    At Target, the half-empty parking lots and clear checkout lanes were a relief to shoppers hoping to avoid big crowds. Come Friday morning, she and family members skipped their usual 4 a.m. start and headed to Target around 8 a.m.. Lacey Nielsen, 31, went to Target Friday morning planning to grab a gift card and perhaps a few presents for relatives.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 28- U.S. energy shares saw heavy pressure on Friday as crude oil tumbled to a multi-year low, though consumer stocks lifted broader indexes in a quiet, holiday-shortened session. Crude plunged 6.5 percent to $69.38 per barrel a day after OPEC decided not to cut output, which could leave markets oversupplied. "Crude seems to have no floor right now, and we...

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $2.51 or 1.8 percent, to $142.26. Target rose $1.89 or 2.6 percent, to $74.05. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose $2.82 or 3.3 percent, to $87.80.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 28- U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday, with major indexes on track for a sixth straight weekly advance in a holiday-shortened session, though energy shares saw heavy pressure as crude oil tumbled to a four-year low. Crude plunged 5.9 percent to $69.38 per barrel a day after OPEC decided not to cut output, which could leave markets oversupplied.

  • WEST HARTFORD, Conn., Nov 28- Mall crowds were relatively thin early on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. Police responded to a handful of incidents at Wal-Mart Stores on Thursday, including to break up a fight over a Barbie...

  • Black Friday gets a little less frenzied Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    That might be hard to stomach for people worried about commercial encroachment on Thanksgiving. Stores such as Wal-Mart and Target reported brisk Thanksgiving crowds. On Friday, plenty of shoppers were out, but it wasn't elbow-to-elbow, said Moody's analyst Michael Zucchero, at a mall in northern Connecticut.

  • LONDON, Nov 28- British police officers were called to stores across the country on Friday as the "Black Friday" shopping frenzy imported from the United States brought surging crowds and fights over sharply discounted goods. Thanksgiving holiday, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November, is extravagantly promoted in the United States as the start of the...

  • On Black Friday, many shop, others make statements Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    Members of the AFL-CIO delivered letters to managers of seven Las Vegas- area Wal-Mart stores, arguing that owners are making a hefty profit and can afford to raise their workers' wages to $15 an hour and give them full-time schedules. Elsewhere in the country, protesters picketed Wal-Mart stores. In downtown Chicago, about 100 demonstrators chanted slogans...

  • BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Black Friday has become part two of the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, with stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving. People arrived at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee early Friday to get a shot at the limited edition Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels. The brewery only had 5,000 22- ounce bottles at $15 each.

  • Protests temporarily close malls, shut down trains Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 2:03 AM ET

    FERGUSON, Mo.— Demonstrators temporarily shut down two large malls in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday, as rallies were held nationwide to protest a grand jury's recent decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18- year-old Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson. The protests were among the largest in the country...

  • Early shoppers queue up, analysts see stellar deals Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 1:14 AM ET
    A customer shops for TV deals on Black Friday at Kmart in Griffith Indiana.

    Economists are closely watching whether retailers can entice shoppers to spend during what retailers consider the biggest shopping weekend of the year, the NYT reports.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT / 3:00 p.m. ET Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Oil prices plunge after OPEC decides against output cut. CALGARY- Brent crude oil plunged as much as $6.50 a barrel, and U.S. crude dropped by nearly as much, posting their steepest one-day falls since 2011, after OPEC decided against cutting output despite a huge oversupply in world markets. BOGOTA- Hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their land...

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Nov 27- Subdued food price inflation in Europe is unlikely to pick up any time soon, adding to the pressure on mainstream grocers as they struggle with changing shopping habits and competition from discounters. Prices paid in Europe for fast-moving consumer goods rose at their slowest pace since 2010 in the third quarter, and fell in Spain, France...

  • Millions in US expected to shop on Thanksgiving Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition. By 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, 100 shoppers were in line at the Toys R Us in New York City's Times Square. Mary Smalls, 40, was there trying to get all her shopping done on Thanksgiving.