Black Friday Numbers Look Promising

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - Early indicators point to promising Black Friday sales.

The National Retail Federation says, "This year everyone is a little bit more focused they know what needs to be done so shoppers are hitting the stores on a budget and retailers have cut back on inventory and are focusing on prices to really entice shoppers."

Well, whatever strategy stores chose this Black Friday... It apparently worked. While official numbers are not set to be released until Sunday, preliminary reports show stores drew larger crowds than last year... And those early bird shoppers bought more than last year too.

Online sales were strong as well... Rising 35%  over last year.

The average online shopper spent just over $170 per order on the day after Thanksgiving.

The average American plans to spend $683 on Christmas this year.