Black Friday gets trampled in November rush

At its peak, Black Friday featured long lines of people eager to have first crack at the so-called doorbuster sales retailers loved to promote.

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The increase in other days that offer big savings has robbed the day after Thanksgiving of its distinctive retail identity.

Aisle 411 will pinpoint the location of products you search for at Home Depot, Walgreens, and other stores.

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On Black Friday, shop for the right apps first

Your smart phone can help with such things as navigating your way through malls and stores, comparison shopping, and coupons.

Shire’s manufacturing facility in Lexington.

Shire moving more than 500 jobs to Mass.

The jobs will be heading to the drug maker’s US headquarters in Lexington from a campus in Chesterbrook, Pa.

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Fidelity’s new program lets investors see their holdings in a new way that may spur insights.

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Striking FairPoint workers willing to hold out

Many striking workers of FairPoint Communications say they’re willing to stay off the job until they win what they consider a fair contract.

TD Garden unveils $4.5 million upgrade of ProShop

The new ProShop was moved from a dead-end corner of the first floor to the second level, overlooking North Station.

Comcast testing tech-tracking feature in Boston

The company will be testing a service starting this week that lets customers track their technician via GPS.

Pro-union hotel housekeepers protest at Harvard

Dozens of housekeeping employees at the Hilton DoubleTree Suites hotel in Allston are holding a one-day strike on Thursday.

US home sales rise in October

Americans bought homes in October at the briskest pace this year, a sign that the sluggish housing market is turning around.

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Money & Markets

Agios stock has tripled since February, TheStreet.com says.

Mass. movers

Agios surges on promising cancerdrug test

Agios Pharmaceuticals jumped 14.5 percent after the Cambridge company offered early evidence its drug for acute myeloid leukemia is effective.

The chain has 1,835 home improvement stores in North America.

Market movers

Lowe’s rides improving housing market

Lowe’s Cos.’ quarterly earnings jumped 17 percent to $585 million, or 59 cents per share. Revenue rose more than 5 percent to $13.68 billion.

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Market Basket in turmoil

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A family feud is now an outright business crisis for the Demoulas Super Markets chain.

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