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Walmart steps up competition for holiday shopping

Associated Press

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday it will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year. It plans to stagger holiday deals throughout the night and into “Black Friday” — the day that’s traditionally the start of the holiday shopping season.

The company will increase its stock of TVs by 65 percent and double the number of tablets for sale that weekend, while promising sharper discounts. It’s also bulking up the list of guaranteed popular items that it will sell in designated sections of its store to 21, from just three last year.

Most of Walmart’s 4,000 U.S. namesake stores are already open 24 hours year-round. But it’s now concentrating the holiday deals on Thanksgiving.

For online shoppers, Walmart will offer deals Thanksgiving morning, some of which will be the same as later in the evening.


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