Holiday shopping: Stores begin to stay open around the clock

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      FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) -{} Starting Friday, some stores are staying open around the clock through Christmas Eve.

      To make up for a shorter holiday shopping season and{}disappointing retail sales, stores are trying to pull you into their aisles with extended hours.{}

      Kohl's just kicked off 100 hours straight.{}Toys R Us will begin similar consecutive hours Saturday. Not to be outdone, some Macy's and Kmart locations are doing the same.

      The marketing ploy makes it easier for last-minute shoppers who are nowhere near the end of their gift lifts.

      Sales at U.S. stores totaled $176.7 billion from November through last weekend, up 2 percent, but still lower than usual.