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Business slowed late Friday night at Walmart in Craig as the annual Black Friday sale came to a close. The Craig chain is expected to join its sister locations throughout the country in reporting improved sales numbers over 2011.

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The official start of the Christmas shopping season began a few hours earlier this year when Walmart’s corporate office announced it would begin its Black Friday sale at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at stores all across the country. The announcement sparked rumors of nationwide protests and by press time on Friday nearly every news agency from Miami to Seattle featured a report about an employee strike at a local Walmart.

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