Economy Watch: Retailers Enjoy Solid Black Friday

Macy's officials say Black Friday credit card, gift card glitches resolved

Brick-and-Mortar retailers are also participating, as a way to both boost overall sales, and in some cases as a vehicle to introduce shoppers to their online portals that may have otherwise done their online shopping on Amazon.com (AMZN).

"People shop in a lot more places than they would normally". Moore said he's done some online shopping, but the allure of in-store-only deals drew him out from behind the computer.

We didn't hear a peep about Black Friday in the news this year.

"People want to start getting into the holiday spirit and enjoy the concept of shopping and the holidays", he said.

The amount spent on United Kingdom online retail sites on Black Friday 2017 was up +11.7% to £1.39bn, according to data from IMRG.

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With foot traffic down 1.6 percent at brick and mortar stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, online sales peaked.

While consumers, of course, buy pet food and supplies all year round (the American Pet Products Association reports that pet industry spending for 2016 came in at a record high $66.75 billion, up from $60.28 billion in 2015-a 10.7 percent growth), the pet industry experiences strong seasonality spending just like any other consumer product category, according to John Gibbons, president of a Global Positioning System for Pet Businesses.

The day has become more about the experience of shopping, rather than the actual discounts, said David Bassuk, co-head of retail consulting at AlixPartners Llp. That's an increase of more than 15% over last year's numbers. "I mean, sitting online is fine, but there's just something about starting the holiday season with Black Friday".

Macy's Facebook page Friday was riddled with complaints from shoppers who complained they could only pay in cash and the lines were long in the store. She said the items that caught shoppers' attention included were voice-activated devices like Amazon Echo, nostalgic toys, clothing and shoes. Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette told CNBC Friday morning that traffic at the department store chain's flagship Herald Square location already looked to be stronger than a year ago. Until the user centricity of some retail sites is addressed and improved, the desktop will still have a lead in terms of online buying. But his son wanted a TV for his apartment at school, so Boyd came along to get one too. "But this was the deal you could only do in the store".

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