BLACK FRIDAY RETAIL SHOPPING DATA FLAT – VIDEO ANALYSIS reports BLACK FRIDAY retail sales flat and even flopped in many parts of the United States. Initial spot checks, showed crowds were thin at many U.S. stores and shopping malls in the early hours of Friday as shoppers responded to early Black Friday discounts with a mix of enthusiasm and caution added James Dean @

Anna Middleton of Southeast Portland, Oregon said “There wasn’t that long of lines this year.” Middleton was among the Black Friday shoppers who got an early start at the Fred Meyer store on SE 82nd Avenue and Johnson Creek Boulevard. 

Reflecting the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping, which was traditionally kicked off the next day, Black Friday, many shoppers headed out to stores on Thanksgiving evening. In an effort to attract the most eager holiday shoppers and fend off competition from, U.S. retailers have increasingly extended their holiday deals by opening stores on the evening of Thanksgiving.