Still stressed, butnot panicked. That’s the retail state of mind following the Black Fridayweekend, which saw unexceptional yet decent enough traffic and sales ascompared with last year’s disaster. Retailers citedpent-up demand, “frugal fatigue,” lots of self-purchasing as opposed to buyinggifts, widespread doorbusters often starting at 5 a.m., and targeted pricepromotions. Doorbusters in particularwere at a record level — Sears alone had 599 while Macy’s offered 250 and Kohl’shad more than 300. Other bright spots: novelty cashmeres, boots, digital readers,flat-screen TVs well under $1,000, fashion items with sparkle, boxed gift setsand discounted kitchenware. Retailers also said tweeting was a significantfactor, getting consumers directed on where to go for the best deals. And with myriad onlinepromotions from saks.com to InStyle’s Web site, Cyber Monday provided a bit ofdigital encouragement to retail shares Monday as investors digested news of theotherwise lackluster shopping weekend, including dismal comp-store sales for the month of November.
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