Dangling discounts, retailers try to step up their game heading into holidays

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NEW YORK Retailers are trying to step up their game online and in person for the holiday season, from dangling more discounts to livening up their stores. Amazon, which is expanding into more areas, has opened its online store of Black Friday discounts.

Department store chain Kohl's is hoping to woo new customers by emphasizing the exact amount people can save by stacking coupons and other deals. It's also opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, an hour earlier than last year.

Sears Holdings Corp., which has struggled to keep up with rivals, says its Sears and Kmart stores have launched a "Holiday Blowout" promotion.

Walmart will hold parties for customers, increase the number of product demonstrations and expand the role of employees who help customers find the shortest register lines.