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Black Friday Retail Numbers Disappoint, Shoppers Fatigued

The National Retail Federation reported a shopping fatigue after more online shopping and early shopping meant fewer people turned out to shop over the four day weekend.

It looks like Black Friday may have hit saturation point. The National Retail Federation reported a shopping fatigue after more online shopping and early shopping meant fewer people turned out to shop over the four day weekend. 133.7 million people hit high street and online stores, down 5.2 percent from last year. Total spending from the weekend is also expected to fall 11% from last year's $57.4 billion. The numbers raise concern for retailers that shoppers are remaining cautious, despite lower gas prices and improving employment numbers. Major brands like Target, Walmart and Macy's may have stolen black Friday's thunder by pushing discounts as early as Halloween this year.

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