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Small Business Saturday
Black Friday stretches into long weekend of buying
Black Friday stretches into long weekend of buying

Although the traditional start to the holiday shopping season is still days away, Morgan Somerville has already mapped out her bargain-hunting strategy. The student employment manager at Stevenson University will pass up Thanksgiving specials to focus on Black Friday deals for gifts and household items for her new Towson home. On Small Business Saturday, she'll help out at her mother's gift shop. Then on Cyber Monday, she'll watch email and social media for deep discounts from retailers such as Vera Bradley. In a year marked by weak sales, tepid forecasts — and fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas — retailers are facing pressure to lure shoppers such...