Here's what happened in retail sales over Thanksgiving weekend, with lots of charts for context.
This is why you shouldn't read any broad significance into Black Friday sales.
Big boxes have beefed up their crowd management plans, but as long as shoppers are pitted against each other, there will always be risk.
All those "discounts" on Black Friday? Retailers aren't taking much of a loss.
Black Friday sales may make for fun stories, but they tell us virtually nothing about the economy