By  on December 1, 2011

A solid post-Thanksgiving weekend ended November with an exclamation point as U.S. retailers relied on a wide array of promotions to record better-than-anticipated November sales.

For most, the combination of longer hours and deep discounts brought customers into the stores throughout the Thanksgiving weekend and helped lift results that had been hampered earlier in the month by unseasonably warm weather and a public inclined to procrastinate in advance of the official launch of the holiday season. Earlier in November, sales had been hampered by unseasonal weather, which had taken a heavy toll on purchases of outerwear and other cold-weather merchandise.

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