Standard & Poor's retail index is up almost 27 per cent this year, compared with a 10.6 per cent increase for the broader S&P 500.
In New York's Times Square, a mix of locals and tourists lined up at Toys R Us.
We just want to see what's happening, said a man who arrived Thursday from Paris. We want to see what Black Friday is. A Santa hat-wearing expeditor quickly whisked him and his companion away before they could give their names.