>> Nothing says holiday season better than the stampede of shoppers across America. Black Friday in full swing, with many major retailers dishing out deals as early as Thanksgiving day.>> Yeah, I just ate and ran, cuz I had dinner, and I said, okay, I'm going shopping now.
>> You left the family behind?>> Yeah.>> Shopper buoyed by a strong economy chased after TVs, toys, and wearable tech despite some chilly temperatures. Reuters Melissa Farris is at the Westfield World Trade Center Mall in New York City.>> I spoke with one women who flew here to New York City from Belfast.
She's only here for five days with three other friends and they plan to spend a total of $11,000. That's at places like Macy's, Victoria Secret, Kohl's, TJ Maxx, J.C Penney.>> Those who opted to stay home still opened their wallets, spending $1.75 billion in online sales by 5:00 PM Thursday.
That's a nearly 30% jump from a year ago. Smartphone sales the major driver, with Best Buy racking up the most online transactions overall. The hype around Cyber Monday expected to help boost holiday sales to a record $701 billion.