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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

Published Fri, Nov 28, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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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 he spent 10 hours waiting for the store to open, he didn't miss the holiday entirely: his sister brought him turkey and yams.

Mr Martin was one of the 25.6 million Americans the National Retail Federation (NRF) expected to hit the stores or shop online, drawn by stores offering discounts on holiday gifts earlier than ever. Millions more were projected to shop from Friday to Sunday, kicking off a holiday season that the NRF forecasts will …

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