BUSINESS

U.S. Shoppers Shun Black Friday Instore Shopping

Shopping malls experienced one of the lowest turnouts by shoppers in years.

Major U.S. retailers such as Macy’s Inc, Walmart Inc, and Best Buy witness a drop in in-store customer visits on Black Friday as shoppers choose the option of shopping online.

The spike in COVID-19 cases forced many customers away from taking trips to the mall.

Overall, the National Retail Federation forecasts U.S. holiday retail sales will increase between 3.6% and 5.2% over 2019, for a total of $755.3 billion to $766.7 billion.

That compares with an average annual increase of 2.5% over the last five years.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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