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Amazon sees ‘record-breaking’ Black Friday, official says

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A top Amazon official said on Sunday that the online retail giant had a “record -breaking Black Friday” this year.

While appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, was asked by host Margaret Brennan what he expected from the holiday shopping season this year, noting rising inflation.

“Well, we’re right in the middle of what we call ‘Turkey 5,’ which is between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, and we’re off to a great start. We had a record-breaking Black Friday and we’re seeing customers engaged,” Clark said.

According to Clark, consumers are spending money on clothing, holiday decor and toys for children. He also noted that there was a slight downturn in electronics purchases, saying people had already invested a great deal in their home offices due to the work-from-home conditions that were brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I don’t see inflation particularly impacting consumers this holiday season so far, and we’re very optimistic about what’s to come,” he said.

Clark also commended the “miraculous vaccines” that have been developed for allowing consumers to eventually move on with their lives.

Brennan then asked Clark if Amazon planned on issuing a vaccine mandate for its employees.

“We’re incentivizing, we’re trying to make it easier to do, we’re educating our teams. We’re not planning to move to mandates, as we sit today, but we think we have a very good balance of activity in place,” said Clark.

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