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Smarter Shoppers vs. Smarter Sellers

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Results improve at Saks, Target but retailers are preparing for holiday bargain-hunting battles, the Wall Street Journal notes. "In particular, retailers are watching for how many shoppers they can lure in the doors around Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, which in flush years has kicked off a holiday shop-a-thon."

This year retailers had much more time to strategize against miserly shoppers, the newspaper says. "Tight inventories should mean they won't be faced with an overhang of merchandise, in contrast to last year when the sudden economic upheaval forced them into profit-eroding clearance sales to unload overstocks."