Do earlier store openings undercut Black Friday?

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(Credit: Crowds gather outside Macy's last year in advance of the midnight "Black Friday" opening. (Getty))

America's biggest retailers are being accused of ruining millions of turkey dinners this year by opening on Thanksgiving. But the All-American tradition most at risk from the ever-earlier store openings is the shopping event that has driven U.S. holiday spending for the past 40 years - Black Friday.

If more shoppers go to the stores on Thanksgiving, as is expected, with more than a dozen major...

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