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Green for retailers

EST November 28, 2014


A shopper struggles with boxes as she loads a cart in an aisle at a Kohl department store in Sherwood, Ark., Thanksgiving evening Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.(Photo: Danny Johnston, AP)


Retailers were swamped with Black Friday crowds after an unprecedented day of shopping on Thanksgiving.


On what's traditionally been the biggest shopping day of the year, millions of consumers flocked to stores and Wholesale NFL Jerseys retail websites.


Through late afternoon, online sales were up 8% Cheap Jerseys over Black Friday 2013. Thanksgiving Day website sales jumped 14.3% over 2013, according to IBM Digital Analytics. Sales and traffic were driven wholesale jerseys by mobile phones and tablet use, which accounted for 46% of all Black Friday online traffic.


Walmart racked up more than 500 million Thanksgiving page views, surpassed only by the retailer's Cyber Monday traffic last year. ChannelAdvisor, which tracks retail data, said Amazon also was a big winner, with sales up 26% from last year. Electronics retailer Best Buy's website crashed for about an hour Friday morning due to a "concentrated spike in mobile traffic,'' said spokesman Jeff Shelman.


There were scattered protests calling for shopping boycotts to show solidarity with ongoing protests around Ferguson, Mo., where rioting took place earlier this week following a grand jury's decision not to indict cop Darren Wilson for the August shooting death of black teen Michael Brown. Walmart workers also held protests outside scores of stores around the country, the latest effort to prompt the retailer to hire more full time employees and boost hourly wages to $15.




Protesters at Ferguson area Target call for boycott


In New York City's Times Square Toys R Us, President Hank Mullany said morning shoppers were leaving the store with "bags and bags full of toys.'' At Target, CEO Brian Cornell said shoppers snapped up many items beyond the doorbusters that may have lured them in, including apparel and home goods.


"I was very encouraged by the fact that they took time to shop," said Cornell, who became Cheap NFL Jerseys CEO in August. "Early on it's a very positive signal."


Target had record online shoppers Wholesale NFL Jerseys Thursday, driven in part by free holiday shipping. "We're seeing visits to the site way up, and we're seeing conversion rates very strong,'' he said.


Cornell expects a deal for 10% off up to $300 in Target gift cards to be a big traffic driver Friday and the rest of the holiday season.


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