Manhattan's 34th Street boasts more shopping bags


NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan shoppers hit the stores along famed 34th Street a bit harder this Black Friday.

The 34th Street Partnership says about 4 percent more shopping bags were tallied leaving stores in Herald Square Friday: 51,165 bags this year versus 49,044 bags last year.

But the news wasn't good for everyone: Macy's saw fewer bags leaving its flagship store this year. The Manhattan Mall, which includes a variety of stores, had more bags. Items are counted by 34th Street Partnership staff members equipped with hand-held counters stationed at exits of stores.

About 42 percent of the 1,800 shoppers polled on the street say they're spending more this year.

The stretch of shops is one of the world's busiest shopping districts. Among the stores include large department stores and smaller specialty shops.

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