Updated from Nov. 24 at 9:22 p.m. with new comments from Target.

People clamoring for Apple (AAPL) iPads, Apple Watches, hoverboards and giant stuffed bears have helped Target (TGT) get off to a solid start for the holiday shopping season.

The discounter said Friday its holiday season got off to a "strong" start, with a record-breaking day for its website on Thanksgiving. Traffic and sales beat Cyber Monday last year, according to Target. 

"I continue to be very optimistic on our position for the holidays," Target Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell told TheStreet on a conference call with reporters Thursday evening. Most encouraging, said Cornell, was that people were shopping multiple departments after scooping up the typical Black Friday doorbuster deals.

Cornell cautioned, however, that it remains very early in the holiday season for Target.

But what looks to be a good start for the holidays for Target mirrors developments across the retail landscape for early Black Friday openings.

Thanksgiving Day has brought in $1.15 billion in online sales from midnight to 5:00 p.m., a 13.6% increase from a year ago, according to new data Thursday night from Adobe. It's forecasting that Thanksgiving Day will hit, or come close to, $2 billion in online revenue for the first time, which would represent a strong 15.6% from the prior year.

The results are based on aggregated and anonymous data from 21 billion visits to retail websites.

Top-selling products tend to be expensive, noted Adobe, including Samsung 4K televisions, Apple iPads, Macbooks, electric scooters and Sony's (SNE) Playstation virtual-reality goggles. The early spending binge by consumers is also being fueled on bigger discounts vs. last year on tablets, toys and appliances.

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