Best Buy Opens At 6 p.m. On Thanksgiving

Best Buy Opens At 6 p.m. On Thanksgiving

TWICE Staff On Nov 8 2013 - 4:04pm




Minneapolis — More than 1,000 Best Buy stores in 47 states will open at 6 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving evening, and they will remain open until 10 p.m. local time on Friday, Nov. 29.

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OfficeMax Tips Its Black Friday Plans

OfficeMax Tips Its Black Friday Plans

By Alan Wolf On Oct 31 2013 - 4:44pm




Naperville, Ill. — OfficeMax plans to open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, when it will launch the first of three rounds of sales events.

The No. 3 office-supply chain said the decision to open on the national holiday is “consistent with many retailers,” and that 35 million shoppers visited stores on Thanksgiving Day last year.

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Holiday Sales To Grow 4-4.5%: Deloitte

Holiday Sales To Grow 4-4.5%: Deloitte

By Alan Wolf On Sep 23 2013 - 11:38am




New York — Total holiday sales will grow between 4 percent and 4.5 percent, to upward of $967 billion, according to a new forecast by Deloitte.

The projected gains will be spurred by rising home prices and steady job creation, and are on par with last year’s 4.5 percent increase, the consultancy said.

Direct sales, including the online, catalog and interactive TV channels, are expected to increase upwards of 13 percent, while 8 percent of brick-and-mortar sales, or $66 billion, will be influenced by research on mobile devices, Deloitte projected.

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CE Sales Down 6% Thanksgiving Week: NPD

CE Sales Down 6% Thanksgiving Week: NPD

By Alan Wolf On Dec 4 2012 - 11:26am

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Port Washington, N.Y. – Strong demand for tablet computers was not enough to offset a 5.6 percent drop in CE sales the week of Thanksgiving, The NPD Group reported.

The period spans the Saturdays before and after Thanksgiving Day and includes Black Friday.

The downturn follows a nearly 4 percent decrease in 2011.

Damping down sales were steep declines in mature categories like GPS and camcorders, both down 40 percent in revenue year over year.

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Store Traffic, Sales Up Thanksgiving Weekend

Store Traffic, Sales Up Thanksgiving Weekend

By Alan Wolf On Nov 27 2012 - 5:49pm




Chicago – Thanksgiving Day openings at brick-and-mortar stores contributed to an 8.2 percent spike in foot traffic over the Thanksgiving weekend, to more than 594 million store visits.

But according market research firm ShopperTrak, retail sales trailed traffic, edging up 2.7 percent year over year to about $22 billion for the four-day selling period.

Sales were slightly down on Black Friday, observed ShopperTrak founder Bill Martin, as shopping was pulled forward by Thanksgiving Day promotions.

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Walmart Downplays Black Friday Protests

Walmart Downplays Black Friday Protests

By Alan Wolf On Nov 26 2012 - 11:48am

Walmart workers and supporters protested outside a Paramount, Calif., store on B
Walmart workers and supporters protested outside a Paramount, Calif., store on Black Friday.


Bentonville, Ark. – Organized protests by Walmart workers nationwide on Black Friday did little to dampen Thanksgiving period sales, the discount chain said.

Walmart reported 22 million customer visits on Thursday, more than last year, with many shoppers responding to a 10 p.m. CE sale Thanksgiving night. That promotion guaranteed in-stocks on three doorbusters – an iPad 2, Emerson 32-inch LCD TV and an LG Blu-ray player – and garnered an “amazing” turnout, the retailer said.

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By Steve Smith on Nov 26 2012 - 2:44pm


Black Friday: Big-Screen TVs, Laptops Star In Queens, N.Y.

For about a decade, give or take a year or so, I have been visiting the same three stores on Black Friday at around the same time – 9 a.m. to noon – P.C.

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Black Friday Weekend Tops Sales Charts

Black Friday Weekend Tops Sales Charts

By Alan Wolf On Nov 26 2012 - 9:40am

Shoppers jammed the CE department of a New Jersey Target store on Black Friday.
Shoppers jammed the CE department of a New Jersey Target store on Black Friday.


New York – By most measurements, the 2012 Black Friday weekend was one for the record books.

A combination of Thanksgiving Day store openings, pre-Cyber Monday sales and a highly motivated consumer led to a gangbuster weekend for merchants.

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Vizio 70-inch TV Gets Black Friday Pricing

Vizio 70-inch TV Gets Black Friday Pricing

By Greg Tarr On Nov 21 2012 - 1:47pm




Irvine, Calif. – Vizio announced a $1,699 limited time special on its 70-inch E-series Razor LED LCD TV starting Thanksgiving Day on Vizio.com.

A $300 savings off the everyday price is being offered on the set, which features Vizio’s Razor LED backlighting technology, a 22mm bezel, FullHD 1080p picture, 120Hz refresh rate, Vizio Internet Apps smart-TV functionality and built-in Wi-Fi.

It ships with a smart remote including a full QWERTY keyboard.

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By Richard Shim on Nov 21 2012 - 3:13pm


Black Friday: Catalyst for Tablets to Far Surpass Notebook Shipments in North America

This year’s Black Friday is expected to be the catalyst for tablets to pass notebook shipments for the first time in North America, a trend which we expect to continue for the foreseeable future.

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