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Business

As options expand, Black Friday sales slip

NEW YORK — After spending years to make Black Friday into the year’s blockbuster shopping day, retailers undercut themselves this year.

Sales on the day after Thanksgiving fell from those a year earlier, according to one major tracker, the first decline since the recession of 2008, as stores started their ‘‘doorbuster’’ promotions early in the week and opened for business on Thursday evening.

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