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Intersection: Black Friday Shopping Trends

While online retail giants like Amazon have taken a bite out of the foot traffic at brick and mortar stores in recent years, Black Friday still marks the start of the holiday shopping season. And for shoppers who venture out, it’s an event.
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Intersection: Holiday Shopping

The holiday shopping season is here and it should be a good one for Florida retailers. James Miller from the Florida Retail Federation talks about what’s driving sales… and the must-have toys for this year.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Buy Local on Black Friday

The origin of the phrase “Black Friday” is twisty. Its first published use was in 1951, in a newspaper story about the mysterious illness that seemed to strike employees on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Once most employers caved in and began offering a four-day weekend, it naturally became a shopping bonanza – so much so that, in Philadelphia, traffic police began calling it … Black Friday. In the early ’60s, a Philadelphia paper picked up the term in their reporting of the annual shopping rush, and eventually it went national. But retailers didn’t like the negative connotations, so in the ’80s they concocted a story that Black Friday is so-called because it’s the day of the year when they get …
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Central Florida News

Retailers gear up for Small Business Saturday

There are only four weekends until Christmas- including Black Friday weekend, when 140 million Americans are expected to hit the stores in search of a good deal.The Florida Retail Federation is forecasting a 5 percent increase in sales this holiday season over last year.
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