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Record Black Friday for retailers

Local businesses and chains did well

3:12 AM, Nov. 27, 2012
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Wausau-area businesses saw some of the success and increased sales the past several days that led to a national record number of shoppers for Black Friday.

A record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites during the four-day Black Friday weekend, up from 226 million last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

The holiday shopping began Thursday as some families finished Thanksgiving dinner. More than 35 million people visited stores Friday alone, up from 29 million a year ago. Shoppers spent an estimated $59.1 billion during the four days, up 12.8 percent from last ...

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