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.