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US retail sales growth slows down

13 December 2011 Last updated at 14:45 GMT Most shops reported stronger-than-expected business in the closely watched Black Friday sales US retail sales crept up another 0.2% in November according to official data. Compared with a year earlier, they were 6.7% higher, in line with recovery rate seen since early last year, the Commerce Department […]

Former Black Panther spared death chamber as prosecutors admit defeat

One of the most bitter battles over capital punishment in a generation has ended with victory for reformers after prosecutors in Pennsylvania abandoned their pursuit of the death penalty for the black radical Mumia Abu-Jamal. Dubbed the “world’s best known death row inmate”, Abu-Jamal has had his death sentence commuted to life in prison with […]

Ex-Black Panther avoids death row

7 December 2011 Last updated at 23:02 GMT Abu-Jamal’s backers say he was framed by police Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal is facing the prospect of life in prison after prosecutors said they would not press for the death sentence. Abu-Jamal was found guilty of shooting dead a white policeman in 1981. Now 58, he […]

US Thanksgiving retail sales up

28 November 2011 Last updated at 11:39 GMT US retailers have reported a bumper start to the Christmas season US retail sales figures in the critical Thanksgiving weekend rose 16% versus a year ago to $52.4bn, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has said. The figures include Black Friday, the first day after the Thanksgiving holiday, […]

Discounts aid online sales surge

28 November 2011 Last updated at 12:26 GMT Amazon warehouses expect this to be the busiest time of the year for online orders Online sales rose faster than expected in the US on Black Friday, according to surveys. Internet sales totalled $816m (£524m), a 26% gain on last year, said Comscore. IBM Coremetrics put the […]

Occupy protesters take message about corporate greed to Black Friday shoppers in Calif.

November 26, 2011 by legitgov ShareThis Occupy protesters take message about corporate greed to Black Friday shoppers in Calif. 26 Nov 2011 Anti-Wall Street protesters took their message about corporate greed to Black Friday shoppers, staging demonstrations in commercial areas in California on one of the busiest days of the year for retailers and bargain-hunters. […]

Black pepper Friday? Walmart shopper in LA pepper-sprays rivals

Bargain hunters at a Walmart in Los Angeles were hurt when a fellow shopper attacked them with pepper spray as the doors opened on the US’s holiday shopping season. Authorities said the woman was trying to keep the other shoppers from merchandise she wanted during early opening on “Black Friday”, the name given to the […]

Black Friday sales: moments of madness

Every year Black Friday brings dramatic price slashing, massive media coverage and hordes of shoppers. This year is no exception, with reports of a women deploying pepper spray against rival bargain-hunters. Some 150m people are expected to hit the stores looking for deals this weekend. But the concept is a relatively modern one. The term […]

Violence mars US retail bonanza

25 November 2011 Last updated at 20:08 GMT Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The day after Thanksgiving in America heralds the start of the holiday shopping season The US holiday shopping season is off to a nasty start with several shootings and two pepper-sprayings as bargain-hunters stampeded stores. The violence gave […]

Black Friday sales start with pepper spray stampede

Shoppers in the US kicked off their annual “Black Friday” orgy of consumerism amid scenes of pushing, pulling, running and – in one case – pepper-spraying their way through the doors of the nation’s shops and malls. The annual tradition, when many stores open early with cut-price sales on the day after Thanksgiving, has become […]