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Online wins big on Black Friday In the US, despite overwhelming crowds and much hype, it seems fewer shoppers were actually out snapping up bargains over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, the National Retail Association says, possibly because the deals had already started earlier in the week. About 165 million US shoppers made purchases over the period, compared with 174 million last year, the retail trade body said. However, online shopping is a different story. Thanksgiving Day brought in US$