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Fewer people turn up for Black Friday sales in the US

Masked shoppers turned up in smaller numbers at major U.S. retailers including Macy's Inc, Walmart Inc and Best Buy on Black Friday as early online deals and worry about the spike in COVID-19 cases dulled enthusiasm for trips to the mall.
 
Overall, the National Retail Federation forecasts U.S. holiday retail sales will increase between 3.6% and 5.2% over 2019, for a total of $755.3 billion to $766.7 billion.
 
That compares with an average annual increase of 2.5% over the last five years.
 


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