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Fear and lockdowns push Black Friday shopping further online

By Abiodun Ogundairo
27 November 2020   |   9:02 am
Black Friday, the biggest shopping day in the US, will be more like a bleak Friday for brick-and-mortar retailers as shoppers continue their migration online. Still, city centers are here to stay.

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