Walmart Strike Attracting Support from Unions, Others

WEST SACRAMENTO–

Even in the face of threatened protests by some disgruntled employees, Walmart is reporting some large sales numbers, the company announced Friday.

Walmart started some sales at 8 p.m. Thursday. The company notes that 1.3 million television, 1.3 million dolls, 1.8 million towels and about 250,000 bicycles have been sold since that time.

The company also notes that only 26 stores saw protests as of early Friday morning. Protesters were present at the Walmart Supercenter in West Sacramento, but none were identified or identified themselves as Walmart employees. Walmart notes that they believe less than 50 associates have actually protested so far.

Later Friday morning, protesters from the Occupy movement began showing up at the West Sacramento Walmart. The protest is reportedly getting loud.

A protest outside a Placerville Walmart has attracted nearly 100 people, with about a quarter of them identifying themselves as Walmart employees. The crowd cleared out for lunch, however, with protesters not sure where they would be going next.

Black Friday sales across the United States seems to be having positive effect on the economy, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 172 points to 13,009.

Adam Christy contributed to this report.

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