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Frenzied US shoppers swarm stores on Black Friday

Published on Nov 23, 2012 11:20 PM
Shoppers fill Macy's during the Black Friday sales on Nov 23, 2012 in New York City. Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season and busiest shopping day of the year for many retailers got it's name as it's said to put retailers 'in the black'. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Frenzied consumers across the United States swarmed stores early on Friday snapping up deals and kicking off the holiday shopping season with what businesses hoped would be a bang.

Television images showed berserk buyers charging through doors on what is known as "Black Friday," the day after the Thanksgiving holiday that is considered crucial for retailers' annual earnings.

In the hopes of snagging everything from electronics to clothes and other products at discount prices, some competitive shoppers lost their cool as they tussled over items or staked out their spots in line.

In New York City, the well-known Macy's department store was a destination for many.

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