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US online sales surge ahead of Black Friday

Shoppers expected to spend US$1.7b on Thanksgiving Day,  a rise of 22%

BARGAIN HUNTING: Shoppers at a Target store in Los Angeles on Black Friday. Brick and mortar stores are rolling out promotions to lure consumers.

New York

US e-commerce sales surged on Thanksgiving Day, raising questions about how many shoppers will show up for brick-and-mortar promotions on Black Friday, the traditional kick-off to the holiday season.

By 5pm in New York on Thursday, US$1.1 billion had been spent online,