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Friday Scoop: Black Friday

Plus, what happened on Thanksgiving Day?



Thanksgiving Day may be catching up to Black Friday. (image: Pexels)

The big story…

It’s Black Friday!

Ah, Black Friday. The day of aggressive shopping in pursuit of bargain deals. But Black Friday actually plays a much more important role for retailers than you might expect. According to Salesforce, Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined will make up 40% of this year’s total retail revenue — and mobile purchases will be a crucial part of that percentage. In fact, U.S. shoppers already spent $1.75 billion online before 5 p.m. yesterday, bringing online spending up 28.6 percent from last year. And according to analysts’ predictions the total Thanksgiving Day sales were around $3.7 billion. In fact, it’s Thanksgiving Day, not Black Friday, that is one of the fastest growing online retail days in the year — meaning some Black Friday sales were already sold out before Black Friday.

In weather…

A Cold Parade

With temperatures in the 20s, yesterday was the coldest Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade since 1901.

In California…

Wildfire Victims Celebrate Thanksgiving

Many survivors of the wildfires came together to celebrate Thanksgiving, while hundreds of volunteers continued searching for the 563 missing victims.

In football…

What Happened During the Thanksgiving Games?

Although chances are all you football fans were already watching, here are the outcomes of the three Thanksgiving Day games in case you missed them.

In cute puppies…

The National Dog Show Names a Winner

Arguably even more exciting than the parade is the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day. This year’s winner? Whiskey the Whippet.

Trending today…

News Flash: Parade Singers Are Lip Syncing

John Legend came to Rita Ora’s defense after the singer suffered a lip sync blunder during the parade.

Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by the CMN Staff. Time to go shop! Or spend the day outside if that’s your thing.

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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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