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There were protests and people screamed about how immoral it was to start Black Friday shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner.  But none of that mattered, because you still showed up to give corporations all of your money.  This year’s Black Friday (and Thursday) were the grandest ever, with 247 million consumers dropping money in stores and on websites.  This is a 9% jump from last year. Not only were there more shoppers, there was also more money being spent.  A total of $423 was spent per customer, rising from $398 last year.  Total spending rose to $59.1 billion, which is 13% higher than last year. The survey found that retailers’ push to  open stores earlier  appealed to customers. Stores like Wal-Mart( WMT ,  Fortune 500 ), Toys R Us, Sears ( SHLD ,  Fortune 500 ) andTarget ( TGT ,  Fortune 500 ), that ushered in customers just as Thanksgiving meals wrapped up, saw a boost. About 10% of this weekend’s shoppers were out at stores by 8 p.m. on Thursday and an estimated 28% of weekend shoppers were at the stores by midnight, compared to 24.4% last year. “The only way to describe the Thanksgiving openings is to call them a huge win,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Thanksgiving shopping has really becoming an extension of the day’s activities. Whole families are going.” Related: Black Friday shoppers out in full force In a separate survey, ShopperTrak found that the  number of people shopping in stores  climbed 3.5% from last year to more than 307.67 million. READ MORE

Corporations Rip Consumers for More Money Than Ever in Record Black Friday Spending

There were protests and people screamed about how immoral it was to start Black Friday shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner.  But none of that mattered, because you still showed up to give corporations all of your money.  This year’s Black Friday (and Thursday) were the grandest ever, with 247 million consumers dropping money in stores and on websites.  This is a 9% jump from last year.

Not only were there more shoppers, there was also more money being spent.  A total of $423 was spent per customer, rising from $398 last year.  Total spending rose to $59.1 billion, which is 13% higher than last year.

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