Jos. A. Bank made a last minute announcement today regarding its holiday hours: Black Friday sales will start at 8pm on Thursday.
Strong Black Friday week sales were no match for the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, as US retailers hope to make up lost sales in December.
NRF: A record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend, up from 226 million last year.
One-third of the country plans to shop on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, according to a survey by WSL/Strategic Retail. The survey found that while consumers don’t necessarily expect the best deals on Black Friday, they enjoy the tradition.
November retail sales, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, were up just over 3 percent, a slow-down that many retailers are blaming on weather and lackluster sales up until the end of the month.
Lured by deals and discounts, shoppers appear to have shrugged off economic worries to post record Thanksgiving weekend sales of $52.4 billion, the latest figures suggest, with apparel among the top gifts.