Report: Black Friday Sales Down

    Laura Whitty of Harrisville, Miss., left, and Janice Barnett of Jayess, Miss. push a shopping cart through Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, Miss., Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  Black Friday, the day when retailers traditionally turn a profit for the year, got a jump start this year as many stores opened just as families were finishing up Thanksgiving dinner. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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    There were more shoppers in stores on Black Friday, according to one report, but they might have bought less. Retail industry watcher ShopperTrak found that 3.5 percent more people endured the madness of Black Friday than in 2011—but sales dipped 1.8 percent. Some of that money may have gone to even earlier sales some stores held on Thanksgiving Day. Walmart, Sears, and Target were among the retailers that decided to hold Thursday savings deals this year.

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