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Thanksgiving deal hunt draws millions to the stores in US

Shoppers spoilt for choice as big retailers offer discounts on holiday gifts earlier than ever

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RECEIPTS GALORE: Sales are getting a hand from cheaper petrol and consumer sentiment that's the highest since before the recession, boosting confidence that the trend will continue throughout the holiday season.

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TERRANCE Martin, a 42-year-old truck driver, lined up at a Best Buy Co store in Paramus, New Jersey, at 7am on Thursday to score an almost US$350 discount on a 50-inch Panasonic TV.

"It was worth it for that kind of deal," said Mr Martin, from nearby Fair Lawn. Even though