THE BRONX - Black Friday sales were down this year for the first time since 2009, according to retailers.

Instead of waiting until Friday, many holiday shoppers got an early start and took advantage of sales on Thanksgiving Day.

ShopperTrak reported a 2.3 percent increase in spending on Thursday and Friday. However, sales at brick-and-mortar stores dropped off on Friday, falling an average of 4 percent, according to the National Retail Federation.

The NRF estimated that 141 million Americans did some sort of shopping over the four-day holiday weekend, but many of them were shopping from home. Online sales were up 17 percent from last year.