The Latest: Online, In Malls And Overseas, Black Friday's On

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Black Friday Holiday shopping (all times Eastern):

3 p.m.

Adobe Digital Insights says Thanksgiving Day sales online totaled $1.93 billion, up 11.5 percent from the day last year, as more people opted to stay home and shop online instead of hitting the stores. Still, that fell short of the $2 billion Adobe predicted.

Adobe attributed the shortfall to heavy discounting in the early hours of the holiday and-higher than-expected online revenue the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

For Black Friday, online sales are expected to rise 11.3 percent to $3.05 billion, surpassing $3 billion for the first time.

Adobe data is based on aggregated and anonymous data from 22 billion visits to retail websites. The data measures about 80 percent of all online transactions from the top 100 U.S. retailers.


2:30 p.m.

Big chains may be offering rock-bottom deals to entice shoppers on Black Friday but some small stores were also slashing prices ahead of Small Business Saturday.

The early jump on deals at locally owned businesses drew in Carl Wright, who was shopping at local stores in San Diego, saying he preferred to support the local economy.

Wright was visiting from Long Beach, outside Los Angeles, and wanted to buy something for his friends that had a story behind it. He bought locally made candles at Pigment, a home goods store owned by a San Diego couple.

Wright said he and his wife would likely return for the deeper discounts at local shops on Saturday.


2:15 p.m.

Shoppers were traveling across state lines and over roads and rails to experience Black Friday shopping in Rhode Island.

North Kingstown friends Sokeara Sanford and Nora Ong, both 15, say their families don't like to spend the day after Thanksgiving shopping. So the girls did it on their own, waking up at 5 a.m. and taking a commuter train from Wickford Junction to Providence so they could go to the Providence Place mall.

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