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Black Friday - Cloze

Karen Hess
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Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Click the this button again for another letter. You can also click on "[?]" for a different hint. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!

Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Para obtener ayuda también puedes clickear en el botón "[?]" y te dará una pista. Perderás puntos con las pistas.


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Black Friday
Modified extracts from Wikipedia.
Black Friday is the day following Day in The United States and traditionally the beginning of the Christmas season. On this day most major offer promotional sales and early specials to off the Christmas shopping season.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated as a holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. The following day, known as “Black Friday” is not actually a holiday, but many employers give their employees the day as part of Thanksgiving , increasing the potential number of shoppers. In order to take advantage of this, all retailers in the country, big and small, offer various . It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005. The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving and in later years the alternative explanation was that “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the ".
The Christmas shopping season is of enormous importance to American retailers and, while most retailers intend to and actually do make during every quarter of the year, some retailers are so dependent on the Christmas shopping season that the including Christmas produces all the year's profits and compensates for from other quarters. Historically, it was common for Black Friday sales to extend throughout the following weekend. However, this practice has largely disappeared in recent years, perhaps because of an effort by retailers to create a greater sense of urgency.
For many years, it was common for retailers to open at 6 a.m. or even an hour or two before. However, this was taken to an extreme in 2011 when several retailers opened at midnight for the first time, and in recent years some retailers have extended beyond normal hours in order to maintain an , or to simply keep with competition.
The huge population areas around Lake Ontario in Canada have always attracted cross border shopping into The U.S. states, and as Black Friday became more popular in the U.S. after 2001, many were traveling for the across the border. In 2009 several major Canadian retailers had their own version of the day by running promotions to shoppers from leaving for the U.S. Canada's Boxing Day is comparable to Black Friday in terms of retailer impact and consumerism, but Black Fridays in The U.S. seem to provide deeper or more extreme price cuts than Canadian retailers, even for the same international retailer.
Cyber Black Friday is a marketing term for the online version of Black Friday. The term made its in 2009. In that year one-fourth of Americans shopping over the Black Friday weekend (28.5% or 49 million) were shopping online.
More recently, Black Friday has been exported to nations outside of North America, such as the United Kingdom, by major online retailers like Amazon or Apple. In 2011, IBM reported online Black Friday sales were up 24.3% according to a study that included 500 retailers.