But total spending is expected to fall for the first time ever since the trade group began tracking it in 2006, according to the survey that was released on Sunday. Over the four days, spending fell an estimated 2.9 percent to $57.4 billion.
A few retailers opened stores on Thanksgiving for the last few years. This year, at least a dozen major retailers did so, with some opening earlier in the day. That led some analysts to question whether the Thanksgiving openings would take away sales on Black Friday.
A woman was arrested this week, after another shopper said she pulled a stun gun on her during an argument over a shopping cart in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Linden, N.J.
Black Friday turned into Bad Friday for multiple shoppers across the country, including those at several stores in the Tri-State Area.
In a decision that has met with mixed reaction, more and more retailers have decided to open on Thanksgiving Day for pre-Black Friday sales.