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Bricks-and-mortar spending edges lower in US

Sales at retail stores total US$12.29 billion on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday

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The data highlights the waning importance of Black Friday, which till recently kicked off the holiday shopping season, as more retailers open their doors on Thanksgiving Day and start discounting earlier.

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US shoppers spent slightly less money at brick-and-mortar stores on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday than across the same two days in 2013, while online sales surged to record highs, data showed on Saturday.

Sales at retail stores totalled about US$12.29 billion on...