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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.
Initial readings from Black Friday and Cyber Monday look very strong for Apple. And that has some traders feeling bullish.
Black Friday retail sales may have been more sizzle than steak. Traffic was up, but spending was down.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
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.
NEW YORK, Dec 1- Heavy discounting took a toll on U.S. retail sales during the Thanksgiving weekend as shoppers spent less than they did a year earlier, according to data released Sunday by an industry group.
The post-Thanksgiving shopping rush in the U.S. was marred by violence, with a shopper shot in the leg over a TV and Walmart evacuated.
A look at the early winners and losers from the heavily discounted Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday weekend.
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.
Black Friday kicked off with protests at 1,500 Wal-Mart stores around the country. Workers want wages increased from $8.81 an hour to $12.50 an hour.
The retail industry looms large in this week's market winners and losers, and considering it's Black Friday, no surprise there.
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.
Despite saying it would be competitive on price this holiday, analysts said Best Buy is poised to be one of the season's winners.
Shoppers eager to get a jump on Black Friday got into arguments and fought in parking lots at a few places around the country. NBC News reports.
CNBC's David Faber reports on a fight over televisions that allegedly broke out among shoppers at a Wal-Mart in North Carolina.
Companies are making headlines ahead the bell Friday:
Steve Bratspies, Wal-Mart EVP of general merchandise, discusses the state of the American consumer and if lower pump prices have impacted customers.
Steve Bratspies, Wal-Mart EVP of general merchandise, discusses if the retailer is, so far, hitting sales expectations and what products are the best sellers. CNBC's Steve Liesman reports Wal-Mart averaged 41,000 transactions per minute last night minute.