Karen MacDonald, a spokeswoman at Taubman Centers, which operates 28 malls across the country, said that Thanksgiving openings hurt business. Based on a sampling of 10 malls, sales growth was unchanged up to mid-single digits on Friday, and unchanged up to low single digit on Saturday.
‘‘It was a different feeling,’’ she said. ‘‘It was a good Black Friday, but I don’t think it was great.’’
The disappointing sales on Black Friday may have been the result of shoppers like Miguel Garcia, a 40-year-old office coordinator.
‘‘I can’t deal with all that craziness,’’ said Garcia, who was at a Target in the Bronx borough of New York City on Saturday. ‘‘Compared to what I saw on TV yesterday, this is so much more comfortable and relaxed. I can actually think straight and compare prices.’’
AP writers Rodrigue Ngowi in Watertown, Mass., Juan Carolos Llorca in El Paso, Texas, and Candice Choi in New York contributed to this report