Shoppers come out for deals on Black Friday

DENVER – Black Friday is here, and the holiday shoppers are already out in force.

The annual retail mega-event began in many stores Thanksgiving evening and will continue well into Friday, with sales and deals throughout the weekend.

Although still popular, the crowds were a bit slower than usual on Friday morning.

Doors at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree opened at 6 a.m. on Friday and the crowd was the size of what you might see on a typical weekday.

Target, which put its Black Friday deals online Wednesday, said it was selling 3,200 televisions a minute at one point. It also said more than 60% of its online sales came from shoppers using their phones.

Several stores this year hyped additional savings online, some of which have been available since early this month. Amazon launched a Black Friday Deals Store on Nov. 8. Stores like JCPenney and Kohl's began promoting Black Friday sales prices online this week.

A report from Adobe says Americans have already spent $25.5 billion online this month, a 3.5% increase from last year.

The top-selling items, Adobe says, include a slew of electronics and toys, like Samsung 4K TVs, iPads, electric scooters and Lego sets.