Retailers tout new strategies for holiday shopping season

Retailers fought an expected lull in the Black Friday holiday shopping craze with new strategies to lure consumers. According to The Wall Street Journal, major retailers extended sales throughout the weekend with special promotions to make consumers aware of the weekend-long "Black Friday."

Retailers fought an expected lull in the Black Friday holiday shopping craze with new strategies to lure consumers. According to The Wall Street Journal, major retailers extended sales throughout the weekend with special promotions to make consumers aware of the weekend-long “Black Friday.”

J.C. Penny offered Black Friday shoppers $10-off coupons to be used in stores on Saturday, while Macy's - to maintain the holiday-shopping craze - is playing up celebrity brands with a new Internet strategy. Target launched a weeklong sweepstakes yesterday. One of the prizes: a trip to L.A. for the premier of High School Musical 3.

Business Week reports that retailers attracted 147 million shoppers over the three-day holiday weekend, up 4.8% from last year, according to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation. However, shoppers spent an average of $347.44, down 3.5% from last year.

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