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Christmas decorations are up and shoppers are poised for Black Friday deals

11/04/2014 12:05 EST | Updated 01/04/2015 05:59 EST
Canadian retailers are preparing for the Christmas shopping season, as consumers get ready to hit the stores early in hopes of better deals before the holidays.

Decorations are already going up and people are posting photos of their Christmas trees online as they prepare for the upcoming winter holidays. 

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And with the winter season comes the commercialization of holidays, which has resulted in an onslaught of advertising aimed at shoppers.

Remembrance Day is still more than a week away and big box retailers have already started advertising deals ahead of the Black Friday sales on November 28.

Black Friday, an American post-Thanksgiving Day shopping tradition, has been prompting Canadian retailers over the past few years to offer deals of their own in order to compete.

This year, more Canadian consumers may be staying closer to home and shopping early according to a survey by accounting company, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Rick Kohn, a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP, said, "We're seeing a dramatic shift of shopping in November from December, corresponding with Black Friday."

The holiday survey and found 57.8 per cent of Vancouver shoppers plan to make their purchases before December and they intend to do 30 per cent of their Christmas shopping online this year.

Experts say Canadian retailers are expected to fare better this year due to a weak loonie keeping shoppers away from the lure of deals across the border.

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