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Black Friday has been going on for months already — but that won't stop shoppers this week

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBENov. 27, 2019, 1:39 PM UTCBy Martha C. WhiteBlack Friday used to be the kickoff for the holiday shopping season, but a combination of a late Thanksgiving and anxiety about tariffs — and Amazon — have erased all but the symbolic significance of the day after Thanksgiving as retail bellwether.“I think we’ll start with a bang. I think this will be a good start to the season because it’s shorter,” said Rod Sides, vice chairman, and leader of the U.S. retail and distribution practice at Deloitte LLP.Retailers all jockeyed to be the first to capture Americans’ holiday budgets because there was nearl ...