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Black Friday breaks all records with $11.4 billion in sales and 88 billion shoppers, the largest increase since 2007. Sales have been strong throughout the entire month of November with retailers rolling out holiday deals earlier than ever. In the two weeks leading up to the week of Black Friday, retail sales were up 3.6% and 3.8%, respectively, ShopperTrak reported. Will it continue or do we see a dip? The Daily's prediction is we see a slight dip but sales remain strong throughout, reminiscent of 2007. (Source cnn.com)

A record 226 million shoppers this holiday weekend who spent an average $398 per person up from 212 million last year and $365 per person spend last year according to the NRF. A record day for retailing. That's great news for the industry. (Source retailingtoday.com)

How much crazier can Black Friday get? Pepper-sprayed customers, smash-and-grab looters and bloody scenes in the shopping aisles. How did Black Friday devolve into this? As reports of shopping-related violence rolled in this week from Los Angeles to New York, experts say a volatile mix of desperate retailers and cutthroat marketing has hyped the traditional post-Thanksgiving sales to increasingly frenzied levels. With stores opening earlier, bargain-obsessed shoppers often are sleep-deprived and short-tempered. Arriving in darkness, they also find themselves vulnerable to savvy parking-lot muggers. Across the country on Thursday and Friday, there were signs that tensions had ratcheted up a notch or two, with violence resulting in several instances. A woman turned herself in to police after allegedly pepper-spraying 20 other customers at a Los Angeles-area Walmart on Thursday in what investigators said was an attempt to get at a crate of Xbox video game consoles. In Kinston, NC, a security guard also pepper-sprayed customers seeking electronics before the start of a midnight sale. In New York, crowds reportedly looted a clothing store in Soho. At a Walmart near Phoenix, a man was bloodied while being subdued by police officer on suspicion of shoplifting a video game. There was a shooting outside a store in San Leandro, Calif., shots fired at a mall in Fayetteville, N.C. and a stabbing outside a store in Sacramento, N.Y. There are so many hours now where people are shopping in the darkness that it provides cover for people who are going to try to steal or rob those who are out in numbers. The violence has prompted some analysts to wonder if the sales are worth it, and what solutions might work. (Source timesleader.com)

Cyber Monday Crackdown - Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security seizes 130 domains in "Operation in Our Sites" the largest such round of seizures to date. Most of the domain names suggest sites that traffic in counterfeit clothing items: cheap-louisvuitton-replica.com, nfljerseyswhole.com, uggbootsclearanceoutletstores.com, and so on. The list is also sprinkled with names that suggest digital piracy: dvdsetonline.com, for example. TorrentFreak reported that the seizures were limited to sites that directly charge visitors for their services. According to online records, 131 domain names had their name servers changed to seizedservers.com last Friday, the so-called Black Friday that signals the start of the US holiday shopping season. Seizedservers.com is an ICE-owned name server that directs all traffic to a place-holder stating that "This domain name has been seized by ICE – Homeland Security Investigations" and warning of the various criminal penalties associated with copyright infringement. (Source cnet.com) (Source theregister.co.uk)

Strong weekend sales point to a hot Cyber Monday E-retailers saw sales leap and site traffic grow over the holiday weekend, and all signs point to a record-breaking Monday, when more than 122 million consumers are expected to shop online. Consumers spent an average of $150.53 online this weekend, about 37.8% of their average total weekend spending of $398.62, according to a survey conducted with more than 3,800 consumers for the National Retail Federation. ComScore estimates e-retailers sold $816 million worth of merchandise on Friday, 26% more than on Black Friday 2010. On Thanksgiving Day, online sales totaled $479 million, up 18% over the holiday last year. (Source internetretailer.com)

Violence Mars Some Black Friday Shopping Events A robber shot a Black Friday shopper who refused to give up his purchases outside a Walmart store in California. At another Walmart in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles, a woman trying to get the upper hand to buy cheap electronics unleashed pepper spray on a crowd of shoppers, causing minor injuries to 20 people. Also Friday, a man was stabbed outside a Sacramento mall in an apparent gang-related incident as shoppers were hitting the stores. Elsewhere:

  • A man was reportedly detained for resisting arrest after a fight at the jewelry counter in the early hours at a Walmart in Kissimmee, Florida

  • Police are looking for two suspects after gunfire erupted early on Friday at a shopping centre in Fayetteville, North Carolina; there were no reports of injuries

  • Security workers reportedly used pepper spray on shoppers who began grabbing at goods before they were unloaded from pallets at a Walmart in Kinston, North Carolina

  • A woman was shot in the foot by a robber as she loaded her purchases into her car in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; the gunman fled as one of the victim's companions brandished a revolver and fired a warning shot.

  • In New York, crowds reportedly looted a clothing store in Soho.

  • Near Muskegon, MI, a teenage girl was knocked down and stepped on several times after getting caught in the rush to a sale in the electronics department at a Wal-Mart store.

  • At a Best Buy at the Mall of America® crowds of Black Friday shoppers attempted to push their way through security staff moments before the doors opened. (Source abcnews.go.com) (Source bbc.co.uk) (Source theeagle.com)

Occupy Black Friday is squelched by shoppers at NYC Macy's. Several Occupy activists demonstrated outside New York's flagship Macy's, but they could not put off more than 9,000 people who had queued for the store's midnight opening. (Source bbc.co.uk)

Two New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission employees arrested for identity theft after selling the info of unsuspecting motorist for $200 each to thieves. A 7 month investigation showed two MVC employees had been selling names, addresses, DOB's, and SSN's to thieves. (Source csoonline.com)

The UK government has unveiled a new cyber security strategy, which includes the creation of a new cyber crime unit. The Cyber Crime Unit will sit with the National Crime Agency and is an extension of the Metropolitan Police force's eCrime Unit. The Metropolitan Police claimed last month that its 85-strong police central e-crime unit had saved the UK economy $140 million in just six months. (Source csoonline.com)

Mall of America® welcomed more than 15,000 shoppers on Black Friday at midnight, generating the largest opening of any Black Friday in the history of the Mall. (Source prnewswire.com)

Neiman Marcus 1Q reports same store sales up 8%

 


 

 

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Buffalo Kmart shoplifting spree leads to arrest of five ORC suspects in a rented car Friday morning at 8am. The five were confronted by security as they left the store without paying for two high-definition TV sets, two mobile phones, video games and cosmetics, deputies said. (Source buffalonews.com)

ORC team of two busted in a multi-city and multi-state theft scheme last Tuesday evening that involves the JCPenney store in Ocala, Florida. Investigators for the Gainesville Police Department said the scheme appears to be a money laundering scam involving counterfeit $100 bills. And the same scheme was run earlier this fall, too, likely by the same suspects, police said. JCPenney employees at The Oaks Mall suspected the two men and a third person had used counterfeit $100 bills on Tuesday to buy items at JCPenney stores in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City and two Georgia cities, then returned the items and received genuine U.S. currency, effectively trading fake cash for real money. Both men were charged with scheme to defraud and obtain property as well as organized dealing in stolen property. McKnight was additionally charged with unauthorized possession of a forged driver's license. On Wednesday, investigators were still looking for a third, unidentified suspect in the case. Police said the investigation was continuing in conjunction with investigators in several other locations as well as with federal officials. (Source ocala.com)
 

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