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Crowds lighter than usual for Black Friday, as deals start earlier
Crowds lighter than usual for Black Friday, as deals start earlier

In many stores on Black Friday, shoppers moved at a leisurely pace through clear aisles and waited in relatively short lines in what may be the new normal of the holiday shopping season. Because the shopping mania began early — with consumers lining up for doorbusters on Thanksgiving and buying more online to take advantage of deals — Black Friday wasn't the same, analysts and shoppers said. Joan Zacharko of Hanover, Pa., sporting reindeer antlers and browsing soaps and lotions at Bath & Body Works in White Marsh Mall with her daughter and her sister, lamented the near disappearance of Black Fridays past. "The craziness was last night," said Zacharko,...

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