Shoppers hit the keyboard instead of pavement as Cyber Monday elbows Black Friday out of the way

Nielsen researchers are on to something.

Seems Black Friday is grudgingly giving way to — drum roll please. Nope, not Thanksgiving Day shopping. No, not Small Business Saturday.

Try Cyber Monday.

While nearly 85 percent of shoppers survey by Nielsen say they will skip Black Friday’s frigid-cold lines in the predawn darkness. Cyber Monday participation has climbed to 46 percent  a 16 percent jump over last year. When you add up gas prices, loss of sleep and forearm shivers delivered by fellow shoppers, it all makes sense.


OK, I guess this explains why I preferring to watch the BBC’s news program — the two or three nights a month I actually watch TV.

Here’s a summary by the Pew Research Center of how the cable news networks covered the Philipines typhoon story and Obamacare’s latest adventure.


Washington’s fiscal failures do have repercussions. Here’s a Housing Wire report on how debt-ceiling issues will play in role in the residential real estate market during 2014.


And finally, the Small Business Administration is soliciting regional nominations for its 2014 Small Business Week Awards. It’s a chance for the agency to acknowledge significant contributions of small businesses to the national economy and society.

Among the categories are: Small Business Person of the Year, Program Graduate of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Family-Owned Business of the Year, Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award, and Small Business Champion of the Year.

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