Richmond Times-Dispatch

Black Friday

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Will Americans spend more on gifts this year as Black Friday kicks the holiday shopping season into high gear?

The day has long been the unofficial start to the U. S. holiday season. This year, with the number of coronaviru­s cases rising, many retailers have been offering their Black Friday doorbuster deals online for weeks. The National Retail Federation expects holiday retail sales in November and December, excluding automobile­s, gasoline and restaurant­s, will climb between 3.6% and

5.2% from a year ago.

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