Online Black Friday sales top $1.52 billion, less frenzy at USA stores

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Barclaycard's guesstimate is that that Black Friday 2017 in the United Kingdom is up around 8% based on the number of transactions they processed.

Digital retail giant Amazon said Friday that orders were rolling in "at record levels".

Macy's has overhauled its rewards program, aiming to keep consumers loyal regardless of whether they are online or off, and for the first time began booking advanced reservations for visits with Santa Claus, a response to time-strapped parents.

Customers took to Twitter on Friday to complain about credit card machines not working in stores and online accounts not working.

Black Friday online sales totalled at least $3bn by Friday night, up 15.6% from a year ago, according to Adobe Analytics.

Adobe projected internet sales would still reach a record $5 billion by the end of the night, with online retailers forecast to rake in an additional $6.6 billion on Cyber Monday.

"Customers today want to go to a store - the sights, the smells, the sounds", CEO Jeff Gennette said.

Fair weather across much of the nation also was factor, said National Retail Federation President Matthew Shay. Meantime, more companies are pushing discounts earlier in the month, and promoting Black Friday sales simultaneously via the Web.

Major retailers generally traded higher on Wall Street.

According to journalists, Americans spent nearly eight billion dollars on thanksgiving and black Friday.

Survey data predicts more than 55 percent of consumers are expected to shop online this holiday season. He points out that stores are now making better use of their shopping data and offering better deals on the most popular items, while also consolidating inventory.

A confrontation between two men in the parking lot of Willowbrook Mall in Houston left one shot and the other stabbed, though the origins of the clash and whether it was shopping-related was not immediately known, police said.

So what about the traditional department store?

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