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Is it Black Friday already?

Retail Editor 1 -- Home Textiles Today, November 1, 2013

New York - Last night's Halloween pumpkins haven't been chucked into the trash yet, but some retailers are already getting a jump on the holiday season, starting with Walmart, which launched what it called its largest online holiday sales event ever shortly after midnight.
Walmart is also offering free shipping for orders over $50 and said there are now 70,000 items that consumers can order online and pick up in their local store.
Kohl's is doing an Early Bird shopping event today, which also opened online at midnight. In addition, Kohl's is offering $10 in "Kohl's Cash" for every $50 spent between now and Nov. 3.
Macy's is promoting a Super Saturday event, slated for tomorrow, although it's not being called out as a holiday sale.
Online home furnishings retailer One Kings Lane bolted from the gate yesterday, announcing flat rate shipping for $9.95 on holiday orders, which it pitched as "A Holiday Offer For You."
This morning, launched a Pre-Holiday Savings Event with up to 60% off home furnishings and 40% off artificial Christmas trees.
Bed Bath & Beyond's web site has added a Holiday tab, and the home page is promoting free shipping on orders over $99.
Target is beckoning shoppers to sign up for a first look at the sales it will be promoting on the real Black Friday, Nov. 28.
There are six fewer shopping days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and most forecasters are predicting a modest increase in overall holiday sales. Morgan Stanley's Kimberly Greenberger believes the 2013 holiday season will be the most promotional one since 2008, according to a report from Seeking Alpha this morning.