After a turbulent start to 2014, the National Retail Federation says it expects sales in November and December to increase by a healthy 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion, higher than 2013’s 3.1 percent increase during that same time frame.
As in years past, Target, Kmart and some other stores are coming under fire for opening their doors on Thanksgiving. Some employees say they'd rather spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family, not at work.
In perhaps the biggest change in Black Friday hours, Kmart announced plans to open its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Toy superstore Toys R Us is again among the earliest stores to open its doors to shoppers on Black Friday, or as it should be known now "Black Thanksgiving," announcing plans to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.
Best Buy pushed its holiday shopping hours up an hour this year, announcing plans to open its doors at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving night.
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, kept with its hours from last year. Doors will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Sears moved its shopping hours up to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.
Target is also opening its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day this year. That's two hours earlier than last year.
J.C. Penney moved its hours up this year too and is now opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Macy's, which opened all of its 800-plus Macy’s stores at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving last year, is moving to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night.
Kohl's is also moving up its hours to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving in 2014.