Black Friday Weekend Sets Retail Sales Record, NRF Says

November 28, 2011 Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM EDT

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Black Friday Weekend Sets Retail Sales Record, NRF Says

November 28, 2011 Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM EDT

According to a National Retail Federation news release, consumers spent a record amount on Black Friday this year.

An NRF survey said a record 226 million shoppers shopped in stores and online on Black Friday weekend, with spending estimated at a record total of more than $52 billion.

“Stuffed to the brim from their holiday meals and eager to shop, more consumers than ever turned out for retailers’ Black Friday promotions, a promising sign for the economic recovery,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “After an historic holiday weekend, retailers know the holiday season is far from over and will continue to look for ways to excite holiday shoppers and build on the momentum we’ve seen thus far.”

Read the National Retail Federation news release HERE.