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• Deloitte is out with a new survey saying that "nearly 6 in 10 (57 percent) plan to shop over the (holiday) weekend," and that "Americans plan to spend $369 over the course of the holiday weekend—a nearly 25 percent increase from last year’s survey."

The survey goes on to say that "more shoppers are turning to digital sources to look for weekend deals. Three of the four top places consumers expect to obtain information about Black Friday sales include retailer websites (62 percent), websites dedicated to featuring Black Friday deals (58 percent), and e-mails (38 percent). While 14 percent plan to shop in-stores on Thanksgiving Day, nearly one-quarter (24 percent) plan to do so online."

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Target has come to an agreement with Canada's RioCan Real Estate  Investment Trust that will have to pay the equivalent of $99 million (US) to settle the terms of 18 leases it abandoned when it bailed out of the Canadian market earlier this year.

• Loyalty One has a new survey saying that "seeing Santa in the store with children enhances the holiday shopping experience for nearly seven out of ten (66%) U.S. shoppers ... But Santa takes a back seat to another venerable holiday tradition when it comes to putting cheer into the seasonal gift-buying excursion. No less than 76% of all consumers said that hearing carols and other holiday music in the store enhances their Yuletide shopping trip."

Reuters reports that "at least 19 people may have been infected by E. coli after eating rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale stores, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. Five people have been hospitalized, although no deaths have been reported. The ingredient linked to the infection has not been identified. The agency said Costco had removed all remaining rotisserie chicken salad from stores in the United States and stopped further production."
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