Happening Today: Black Friday deals draw shoppers out

Happening Today: Black Friday brings shoppers out early

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Shoppers are making their way to malls and stores around the country and retailers are hoping they are ready to spend billions during the holiday shopping season.

The money spent in New Orleans is just a fraction of what's being spent over the holiday season around the country.

Estimates are as high as $632 billion in spending during the 2016 holiday shopping season.

More people are shopping online than in-store this year, with 51 percent expected to spend their holiday shopping budget online.

Estimates are that approximately 137 million Americans will be shopping this weekend.

On black Friday Americans are expected to spend over $27 billion.

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