--Black Friday is starting earlier than ever this year . . . fewer and fewer retailers are waiting until 5:00 A.M. on the Friday after Thanksgiving to open their doors.

--Wal-Mart has announced it will be starting its Black Friday sale at MIDNIGHT on Thanksgiving night.  And they're not alone.  Old Navy and The Gap are starting at midnight too.

--Toys "R" Us is beating them by two hours . . . they'll open at 10:00 P.M. on Thanksgiving and start offering their deals.

--Sears and Kmart are trying to get the jump on everyone . . . they'll be opening and offering their best sale offers at 6:00 A.M. on Thanksgiving morning.

--For now, Target is still set to open at 4:00 A.M. on Black Friday, Best Buy is set to open at 5:00 A.M., and Costco isn't planning to join in until 9:00 A.M.

--But there's a major price war going this holiday season, as these stores are desperately competing to grab your gift budget . . . however small it is in this economy.

--So other stores could still respond and push up their Black Friday opening times, too.  (Dayton Daily News)