10 Big Retail Trends from the 2012 Holiday Shopping Season

What did the 2012 holidays teach us about the current state of shoppers-and, of course, the places where they shop? Here are 10 notable trends.

The Expansion of Black Friday-and the Entire Season
Even though it has caused a backlash among certain consumers, retailers have concluded that the formula for increasing seasonal sales totals is mostly based on increasing holiday promotions, deals, and store hours-hours that now include Thanksgiving night. Not only is it standard for stores to open by 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. on Turkey Day, but the holiday season now

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