(November 25, 2012)--Thanksgiving shopping took a noticeable bite out of Black Friday's start to the holiday season, according to the latest survey that finds that retail sales fell slightly from last year.
The report from retail technology company ShopperTrak found that consumers spent $11.2 billion at stores across the U.S., down 1.8 percent from last year's total.
This year's Friday results may have been tempered by hundreds of thousands of shoppers hitting sales Thursday evening while still full of Thanksgiving dinner.
Retailers including Sears, Target and Wal-Mart got their deals rolling as early as 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, IBM says online sales rose 17.4 percent on Thanksgiving and 20.7 percent on Black Friday, compared with 2011.