Foot traffic appeared to be down Friday at many of Metro Detroit's big-box stores and malls, with shorter lines, fewer cars in parking lots and shoppers saying Thanksgiving's deals stole some of Black Friday's traditional thunder.
"We are encouraged by what we've seen thus far with eager Thanksgiving Day and early Black Friday shoppers lining up for televisions, electronics, cashmere sweaters and toys," said National Retail Federation president and CEO Matthew Shay.
"Reports of record-breaking online sales and store crowds point to a more confident and savvy holiday shopper who knows when, where and how to take advantage of all the promotions retailers are offering."
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