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U.S. shoppers welcome early start to "Black Friday"

People shop at a Target store in Westbury, New York November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

People shop at a Target store in Westbury, New York November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

People shop at a Target store in Westbury, New York November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A 'Black Friday' sale sign is seen inside a Target store in Westbury, New York November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A 'Black Friday' sale sign is seen inside a Target store in Westbury, New York November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Shannon...more

A 'Black Friday' sale sign is seen inside a Target store in Westbury, New York November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A woman shops with a child at a Toy R Us store in Carle Place, New York November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman shops with a child at a Toy R Us store in Carle Place, New York November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman shops with a child at a Toy R Us store in Carle Place, New York November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A woman shops at a Toy R Us store in Carle Place, New York November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman shops at a Toy R Us store in Carle Place, New York November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A woman shops at a Toy R Us store in Carle Place, New York November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Shoppers carry shopping bags as they leave Macy's in New York, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Shoppers carry shopping bags as they leave Macy's in New York, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Shoppers carry shopping bags as they leave Macy's in New York, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Keith Bedford
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People carry shopping bags as they walk through Herald Square in New York, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

People carry shopping bags as they walk through Herald Square in New York, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

People carry shopping bags as they walk through Herald Square in New York, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Keith Bedford
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Customers shop for a DVD player inside Best Buy during Black Friday in San Francisco, California November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Customers shop for a DVD player inside Best Buy during Black Friday in San Francisco, California November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States....more

Customers shop for a DVD player inside Best Buy during Black Friday in San Francisco, California November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
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Shoppers look over items on sale at a Macy's store in New York, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Shoppers look over items on sale at a Macy's store in New York, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Shoppers look over items on sale at a Macy's store in New York, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/Keith Bedford
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