The Big Story Blog

Stories on shopping, spending and Black Friday

Posted at 8:46 AM on November 22, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Economy

We're looking today for different ways to examine Black Friday shopping, our desire for a deal and how much Minnesotans will spend. Here are some of the things we're reading this morning to get going.

Employee presents Black Friday petition to Target. MPR News reporter Tim Nelson writes of the Target store dockworker from Northfield who went to company headquarters in Minneapolis to deliver what he said were some 200,000 signatures asking the company to roll back its Black Friday shopping hours. Click on the play button below to listen.

Retailers expect jump in Black Friday shoppers. If you're feeling better about the economy, you're more likely to shop. Surveys by the National Retail Federation are predicting as many as 152 million people shopping Friday, Saturday and Sunday, up 10 percent from last year.

In November 2007, on the cusp of the recession, the industry group predicted about 133 million people would shop the weekend after Thanksgiving.

There's also a good back-and-forth on the MPR News Facebook page with people reacting to the Target petition story. Add your voice there.

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About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.