Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
-- Northland shops welcomed thousands of eager consumers on the busiest shopping day of the year.
Black Friday brings big bucks into our economy, a boost to a whole spectrum of stores.
"Our stores opened up at midnight and it was crazy we had lines everywhere," said Machelle Kendrick, Director of Marketing at the Miller Hill Mall.
Shoppers are confident this year.
"This black Friday really shows the faith that the Northland has in our economy." said Kendrick.
The national retail federation predicts holiday sales will increase 4.1 percent this year to 586 billion dollars.
"They came out in full numbers last night and they spend money."
The up tick in retail sales spills over to other Northland establishments as well.
"Pretty much non-stop from dinner time last night until now."
The Perkins Restaurant kitty corner to the mall sees it's highest profits on Thanksgiving, and on Black Friday.
"I look forward to it. It's a challenge; it's kind of exiting in ways," said Jim Whereatt, manager at Perkins.
An exiting, crowded, caffeine fueled economic boast in the homestretch to the holidays.
New research from the Consumer Electronics Association states the average consumer plans to pay out just over 1,500 on holiday spending, an eleven percent increase from last year.