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More Democrats than Republicans are abstaining from Black Friday store shopping.
As consumers increasingly rely on the internet to find the perfect gift for those on their holiday shopping list, brick-and-mortar store owners along Rye’s Purchase Street are searching for new ways to entice customers to “shop small” during the holiday season.
Despite an increase in numbers from MasterCard regarding credit use over Black Friday weekend, many consumers are trying to remain disciplined this holiday spending season.
Initial reports from Connecticut merchants and retailers have been encouraging, said Timothy Phelan, president of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association.
Online retail sales increased 17.4 percent on Thanksgiving and 20.7 percent on Black Friday compared with last year's Thanksgiving weekend sales.
In the wake of the damage left by Hurricane Sandy, small business needs all the help it can get.