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Nov272010

Black Friday Crowds Larger than Last Year's

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Major stores like Best Buy, Sears, Macy's and Toys R Us report bigger Black Friday crowds than last year. So do major mall operators. And in a sign that could be encouraging, retailers say they noticed shoppers not just buying for others, but treating themselves, as well.

There was a bit too much enthusiasm in some parts as malls opened early Friday. A New York man is recovering after shoppers trampled him when a Target store in Buffalo let customers in at 4 a.m. In Grand Chute, Wis., police were called when shoppers tried to plow into a Toys R Us with carts. 

The National Retail Federation has said up to 138 million people could hit stores during the post-Thanksgiving holiday weekend and has forecast a 2.3 percent increase in sales during November and December as retailers look for their best holiday season in three years.  Internet research firm Coremetrics reports a 16 percent increase in online sales during the the launch of the holiday shopping season.

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