Aggregator • Wake up America • ID=81808
By Susan Duclos
As Ben Shapiro headlines over at BG: Union Fail!
Despite union efforts to target retailers like Walmart, businesses are reporting record Black Friday traffic ' the biggest sign yet that the unions are out of touch with the American people. Starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Walmart put its products on Black Friday sale, sparking a run to the stores and earning the stores record sales.
LA Times reports:
After opening earlier than in previous Thanksgiving weekends, Wal-Mart reported its 'best ever Black Friday' sales, including bigger crowds than last year, the company said Friday.
The retailer rolled out deals starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. From 8 p.m. to midnight, Wal-Mart processed nearly 10 million register transactions, handling 5,000 items a second, the company said. Mmore than 22 million shopped in Wal-Mart's stores during the four-hour period.
Last year, the chain opened at 10 p.m.
More than 1.3 million employees are staffing the holiday weekend, Wal-Mart U.S. chief executive Bill Simon said in a statement.
The company split its sales into three time periods, each with a different type of merchandise available. At 8 p.m., toys, games and home apparel went on sale. At 10 p.m., electronics. At 5 a.m., jewelry, tools and other items.
Since 8 p.m. Thursday, Wal-Mart had sold 1.8 million towels, 1.3 million televisions, 1.3 million dolls and 250,000 bicycles, the company said in a statement released at about 6:30 a.m. PST.
'We had very safe and successful Black Friday events at our stores across the country and heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers,' Simon said.
Wal-Mart wasn't the only company recording big payoffs for opening early for Black Friday:
At Sears, which opened for the first time at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, lines were longer than in previous years, said company spokesman Tom Aiello.
"We had lines ranging from 300 to 1,000 people," he said. "Everyone was curious about how the 8 p.m. Thanksgiving evening was going to go. For the most part, once you got into the store it was manageable and the crowds aren't too bad."
Shoppers queued up outside Toys R Us stores, which also opened at 8 p.m., said they were happy to shop after turkey and pie instead of getting up out of warm beds in the middle of the night for good bargains, said Troy Rice, senior vice president of stores and services.
Rice said more families were out and about with kids in tow, hunting for Lego play sets, Barbie dolls and kid-oriented tablet computers.
"It was really a family event that we saw going on last night," he said. "The mood in lines were very positive and celebratory."
Dustin Hamilton, a district manager at Target, said shoppers "voted with their wallets" by storming stores around the Southland at its 9 p.m. opening, which was three hours earlier than last year.
"I spoke with several customers who said it was their first time our for Black Friday, and the reason they were out was because of the earlier openings," he said.