WASHINGTON — More shoppers than last year hit the stores for the unofficial launch of the holiday season over the weekend, according The National Retail Federation here. According to the survey, which was conducted for NRF by BIGresearch, a record 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend, up from 212 million last year. The average holiday shopper spent $398.62, up from $365.34 last year. Total spending reached an estimated $52.4 ...

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