NEW YORK – Since Black Friday has extended to a month of November full of offers, stores will increase as holiday purchases begin in earnest.
It has been a difficult year for many retailers. Several well-known chains have filed for bankruptcy protection and thousands of stores have closed. Amazon is entering the holiday season with its biggest presence in the store, and plans to offer online offers every day from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday. The stores are trying to improve their game online and in person to attract customers who go from the store to the purchase by phone.
But with low unemployment and the economy in good shape, stores expect customers to be in the mood to buy. According to a survey published by the trade group of the National Retail Federation, about 69 percent of Americans, or 164 million people, intend to buy at some point during the five-day Action Day. Thanks to Cyber Monday. Black Friday is expected to continue to be the busiest day with approximately 115 million people planning to buy at that time.
"People expect promotions throughout the week," said Rod Sides, vice president of Deloitte LLP. As Christmas shopping gets underway in earnest, he said, "people will come with a purpose and a plan. The Black Friday offers will go fast. "
In general, the NRF expects sales in November and December to coincide, at least, with the growth of 3.6 percent a year ago, to a range of $ 678.75 billion to $ 682 billion. It is estimated that online spending and other off-store sales will increase between 11 and 15 percent. Sides that will be watching is how shopping centers are located for the opening of the season, as buyers connect more and more online or with discounts. "We do not believe that shopping centers are so busy," he said.
Here is a look at what some great stores have planned for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Most retailers, including Walmart, begin to make most of Doorbuster's offers available online at 12:01 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The hours refer to local times.
Thanksgiving: Sales start at 6 p.m.
Black Friday Most supercenters are open 24/7.
Offers: LG Smart TV Class 4K of 49 inches for $ 328 and Element Smart TV Class of 39 inches for $ 125. Samsung Smart TV of 4K curved class of 65 inches for $ 998.
Thanksgiving: Open from 6 p.m. at 2 a.m.
Black Friday Open at 6 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the store.
Offers: A Westinghouse UHD 55 "TV for $ 249.99 Buyers spending $ 50 at stores or at Target.com on Friday will receive a 20 percent discount coupon for purchases made between November 28 and December 10.
MACY & # 39; S
Thanksgiving: Most stores open at 5 p.m. and close at 2 a.m.
Black Friday Open at 6 a.m.
Offers: $ 29.99 diamond earrings with any purchase of $ 50 or more. Seventy-five percent of the coats and sports coats selected. Fifty percent discount holiday tops and sweaters.
Thanksgiving / Black Friday: Opening at 2 p.m. in Thanksgiving and remain open until 10 p.m. the next day.
Offers: Diamond earrings for $ 25, boots for $ 19.99.
KOHL & # 39; S
Thanksgiving / Black Friday: Opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day until midnight on Black Friday.
Offers: 50 percent of the selected toys, from Hot Wheels to Play-Doh, $ 69.99 diamond bracelet, FitBit Blaze Smart Fitness watch for $ 149.99.
Thanksgiving: 5 pm. at 1 a.m.
Black Friday 8 a.m. at 10 p.m.
Offers: Sony 4K TV of 60 inches for $ 599.99 and a Samsung laptop of 11.6 inches for $ 119.
TOYS R US
Thanksgiving and Black Friday: Opening at 5 p.m. in Thanksgiving and stay open for 30 hours.
Offers: Forty percent of the Lego building games, $ 59.99 Three-story Barbie Pink townhouse.
Thanksgiving / Black Friday: Most stores will be open from 6 p.m. until midnight and open at 5 a.m. Black Friday
Offers: Up to 40 percent off on appliances, a 50 percent discount on the 32-piece Craftsman mechanical tool kit.