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Record Black Friday for retailers

Local businesses and chains did well

11:06 PM, Nov. 28, 2012
Hope Kluz, 17, daughter of Clay House owner Gretchen Kluz, takes a fired piece out of one of the store's kilns on Nov. 27.
Hope Kluz, 17, daughter of Clay House owner Gretchen Kluz, takes a fired piece out of one of the store's kilns on Nov. 27.
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Wausau-area businesses saw some of the success and increased sales the past several days that contributed to a national record number of Black Friday shoppers.

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 Nov. 22 as some families finished Thanksgiving dinner. More than 35 million people visited stores Nov. 23 alone, up from 29 million a year ago. Shoppers spent an estimated $59.1 billion during the four days, up 12.8 percent from ...

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