Black Friday experiences record holiday spending surge

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By Nick Cardona, Buzz60

Black Friday is certainly living up to the hype with a record holiday spending surge.

Sales across the country this Black Friday saw an increase of 13% after stores racked up a record $2 billion on Thanksgiving Day alone. Retailers are expecting to bring home $3.1 billion on Black Friday.

Some stores started their sales as early as 3:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day.

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A woman carries purchases across 34th Street during Black Friday sales in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A woman sits in Herald Square with bags of shopping during Black Friday sales in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A man carries a television across 6th Avenue during Black Friday sales in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
People wait with purchases at Macy's Herald Square during the Black Friday sales in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
People look at a rack of handbags during early Black Friday sales at Macy's Herald Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Shoppers walk inside a Macy's store during Black Friday events on November 25, 2016 in New York City. The day after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday, is typically the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 25: Members of the group 'Ecologists in Action' hold a street performance to protest against the allegedly overtly consumerist nature of Black Friday on November 25, 2016 in downtown Madrid, Spain. Originating in the USA as a sales day following the Thanksgiving holiday, 'Black Friday' is becoming an increasingly popular shopping day with consumers looking for bargains in Spain ahead of the traditional Christmas shopping period. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Shoppers walk past retail stores on Oxford Street, on 'Black Friday' in London, on November 25, 2016. Black Friday is a sales offer originating from the US where retailers slash prices on the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. In the UK it is used as a marketing device to entice Christmas shoppers with the discounts at stores often lasting for a week. / AFP / Justin TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WALMART - Excited customers shop Walmart's Black Friday event in Bentonville, AR, on Nov. 24, 2016. The retailer stocked its physical and digital aisles with the season's hottest items. (Gunnar Rathbun/AP Images for Walmart)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MACY'S - Shoppers take advantage of Black Friday door buster deals at Macy's Herald Square on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in New York. (Donald Traill/AP Images for Macy's)
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Hundreds of eager shoppers filled the halls of Macy's in Herald Square in New York City on Thanksgiving night.

People who chose to stay home are still equally as guilty as those who decided to head to the stores on foot. Online sales also hit record highs.

Hours before sales got underway, more than $1 billion had already been spent online. According to Adobe Digital Insights, $1.15 billion was spent online between midnight and 5:00 pm on Thanksgiving.

According to the National Retailers Foundation, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined could make this three-day shopping spree one of the busiest in history.

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