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This is what I found on CBSNEWS.COM:

The biggest shopping day of the year will start even earlier in 2018. Black Friday is the traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season, occurring on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, retailers are revealing their Black Friday deals in early November, with some, like Lowe’s, offering deals as early as Nov. 1, and others rolling out free shipping for online shoppers to compete with new offers from Amazon.com.

There’s a method behind the Black Friday creep, with retailers trying to get consumers to shop all month, rather than only after Thanksgiving. And there’s more at stake this year, given forecasts that consumers will boost spending as much as 5 percent this holiday season. Strong consumer confidence and a growing economy are adding up to a jolly holiday season, despite headwinds such higher interest rates.

Home improvement giant Lowe’s started offering Black Friday specials on Nov. 1, including a 40 percent discount on some appliances. It’s also offering a $50 gift card with the purchase of some artificial trees during November.

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