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November 29th, 2010
08:23 AM ET

Holiday shoppers turn out for "Black Friday," buy for themselves too

You scanned the incredible sales, got up early to be first in line and maybe even snagged a deal or two. But did the excitement around "Black Friday" sales translate into a boost in the economy?

Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst with the NPD Group and author of "Buy Me!," joins American Morning today to break down his latest survey results on "Black Friday" sales and "Cyber Monday" (usually the Monday after Thanksgiving) will show improved sales data.

Watch to find out what we can expect for the rest of the holiday shopping season.

Filed under: American Morning • Black Friday • Economy
November 28th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

The Teaser for Monday, November 29, 2010

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:40AM Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst with The NPD Group and author of "Buy Me!" , on his latest survey results of Black Friday sales. Sure, people went to the stores in droves, but did they actually buy anything?

7:40AM Stephanie Napier, former neighbor of Mohamed Osman Mahamud , the Portland, OR teenager who was arrested in connection with planning to bomb a tree-lighting ceremony. We’ll ask her about her recollections of Mahamud and his family, and whether she was surprised when she heard of the arrest.

8:10AM James Rubin, former U.S. assistant Secretary of State and adjunct professor at Columbia University, on North Korea’s reaction to South Korea and U.S. joint military exercises on Sunday. Can regional talks prevent the situation from intensifying? Plus we’ll ask if the Wikileaks document release will have any impact on U.S. diplomacy around the world.

8:40AM Vera Gibbons, financial journalist and contributor with Turbo Tax, on what you can do now to lower your 2010 tax bill.

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Filed under: American Morning • Black Friday • North Korea • Terrorism • Wikileaks
November 26th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

Customers demanded earlier shopping hours, Toys R Us CEO says

( - Toys R Us, the nation's largest toys-only retailer, got a head start on the holiday shopping craze, when it opened at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for the first time. The line outside the flagship toy store in Times Square started forming at 7:30 p.m. It was dominated by passers-by and tourists who had heard the store would be opening its doors at 10, offering 150 doorbuster deals on everything from iPods to Barbie dolls.

This morning, American Morning is live with Toys R Us CEO Gerald Storch at the company’s flagship store in Times Square. He tells us how last night and this morning went, and gives his outlook on the hot toys this holiday shopping season.

Filed under: American Morning • Black Friday • • Economy • Holiday Shopping
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