Black Friday Kicks Off Holiday Shopping Season

Javier Stokes
November 25, 2017

Amazon is estimated to be responsible for almost half of all online sales on Black Friday so far.

Last year, Thanksgiving weekend sales in stores in the US were down 4.2 per cent, while foot traffic fell 4.4 per cent, according to data from RetailNext, a retail analytics firm.

A separate survey by Salesforce also found more shoppers migrating to mobile devices to ring up purchases on Turkey Day.

Black Friday has been a hit in America and has also seen crowds rushing to shops in the United Kingdom in recent years.

However, the one-day shopping frenzy at malls and stores following American Thanksgiving may be on the decline as some consumers and retailers start to shun the tradition by either opting out entirely or turning to internet shopping instead.

If you were even thinking about getting a new TV, today's a great day to scoop one up. Over the past few days, I've been hunting for the best video games deals I could find (to follow up on my best consoles deals post), and discovered that some of my favorite games of 2017 are on sale at steep discounts for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and so on.

Even for three of the top players sales growth is slowing
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Even for three of the top players sales growth is slowing Earnest Research

Amazon is going full in on Black Friday.

Still, she believes the shopping spree remains popular, especially online. Eastern Time, an 18.4% growth over previous year. However, thanks to a well-planned sales schedule, retailers appear to be enjoying strong online traffic as shoppers spent close to $3 billion on Thanksgiving Day alone, according to an Adobe Analytics report emailed to Retail Dive.

Shoppers placed 48 percent more orders on phones on Thanksgiving Day, surpassing computers for the first time ever and accounting for 61 percent of total traffic.

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"I may not go for the big-box television flat screen at Best Buy", Giesler said.

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