New York (AP) – There's a saying that you can't please all of the people all of the time. But apparently you can if they're holiday shoppers.
A survey released by the National Retail Federation on Sunday is showing that U.S. shoppers hit stores and websites at record numbers Thanksgiving weekend. They were attracted by stores' efforts to make shopping easier for everyone, including opening on Thanksgiving Day and expanding shipping and layaway options.
A record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites during the four-day weekend, according to the survey. That's up 9.2 percent from a year ago. Americans spent more, too: The average holiday shopper spent $423 over the entire weekend, up from $398.
Four-day weekend spending totaled $59.1 billion, up $52.4 billion from 2011.