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US crowds pick up slightly on Black Friday, online sales jump

NEW YORK: US online sales surged on Black Friday, with Amazon.com Inc offering the steepest discounts among e-commerce sites as it set the agenda for what has traditionally been the biggest shopping day of the year for brick-and-mortar retailers. In-store shopping began to pick up in the afternoon, but the increase in customer traffic paled in comparison to the jump in online sales, analysts said. Macy's Inc website saw such heavy traffic that it had to delay customers from entering the site at three different times.…