The biggest holiday splurge in HISTORY: Sales surge 13% as stores take a record $2BILLION on Thanksgiving and hope for $3.1billion on Black Friday amid post-election spending boom
- The first Black Friday sales have got underway at some stores across the country on Thursday night
- Department store J.C Penney was one of the first major chains to kick-off the sales offering huge discounts
- Shoppers were seen rushing through the doors at J.C Penney stores across the country, including Tyler, Tx
- Others were seen patiently waiting outside Best Buy shops - with some even camping out in small tents
- Sales get underway at Macy's, Kmart, Target, Walmart and other stores in just a few hours time
- Online shoppers charged out of the gate, spending more than $1.15billion between midnight and 5pm
- Forecasters expect the total value of Thanksgiving Day purchases to be more than $2billion
Shoppers eager to bag a bargain have begun their spending sprees as some stores across the U.S. kicked off their Black Friday sales on Thursday afternoon.
People were seen camped out in tents outside some Best Buy stores, including one in Utah where the temperatures plummeted to below-zero, while others raced through the doors at J.C Penney.
The department store kicked off its sales at 3pm on Thursday - hours before some people sat down around the table for Thanksgiving dinner.
Packs of excited shoppers race through the doors at Macy's in Herald Square, Manhattan, to get an early start on Black Friday shopping
People are pictured lining up at the entrance of Macy's Herald Square ahead of early opening for Black Friday sales in Manhattan
Eager shoppers have got an early start to their Christmas shopping, as some stores across the U.S. kicked off their Black Friday sales on Thursday afternoon. Pictured are customers at J.C Penney in Tyler, Texas
Stephanie Rowell and her daughter Sydney, 5, arrived early at the Toys R Us shop in Kennesaw, Georgia on Thursday night
One of the first chains to open on Thursday was Macy's. Hundreds of people are seen crammed inside the Herald Square location in Manhattan shortly after Black Friday sales got underway on Thursday night
Shoppers and a police officer are seen walking past signage for Black Friday at a mall in Doral, Florida, on Thursday evening
Holiday shoppers leaves Walmart's Black Friday event in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Thursday
Walmart was one of the growing number of stores to start its Black Friday sales on Thursday night - just hours after many sat down for Thanksgiving dinner
More wild scenes are expected across the country late on Thursday night as thousands more brace the cold and get in line to pick up a bargain.
But long before people got through the doors in stores, more than one-billion had already been spent online.
A staggering $1.15billion was spent online between midnight on Thursday and 5pm, according to Adobe Digital Insights.