Looks like a lot of us worked off our Thanksgiving dinners by doing laps around the mall. Forty-five million people went shopping last Thursday, an increase of nearly 30% over last year. But even the best Thanksgiving Day deals couldn’t beat Black Friday, which saw 92 million Americans hitting the stores.
Overall, more than 140 million people were expected to seek out deals during the holiday weekend, up from 139 million in 2012. Many waited until yesterday to start crossing off their holiday lists. A projected 131 million took advantage of Cyber Monday deals from various online retailers.
But despite the countless sales and promotions, experts say spending during the holiday weekend actually declined around 3% this year, possibly because many sales started as early as last Monday.