Despite the best efforts of the Occupy Wall Street protesters to sabotage Black Friday Christmas shopping, the National Retail Federation reported that shoppers spent a whopping $52 billion over the weekend after Thanksgiving. OWS had hoped to launch protests that would stop the frenzy of consumerism, but alas, the lure of spending prevailed.
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According to a release from NRF, “a record 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend, up [6.6 percent] from 212 million last year.” The statement continued,
Digging deep into their holiday budgets, the average holiday shopper spent $398.62 this weekend, up from $365.34 last year. Total spending reached an estimated $52.4 billion.
Additionally, shoppers also checked out retailers’ deals online, spending an average of $150.53 on the web — 37.8 percent of their total weekend spending.
The spending increase per shopper from 2010, NRF reported, was about nine percent. But spending overall, $52.4 billion, jumped ahead of last year's $45 billion by 16.4 percent, CNN reported.
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