Jingle bells ‘n tinsel
A woman pushes a shopping cart past Christmas decorations displayed for sale at a Walmart store ahead of Black Friday in Los Angeles, California, this week. An estimated 140 million US shoppers will hit stores and the web this weekend in search of post-Thanksgiving discounts, kicking off what retailers predict will be the best holiday season in three years. While the number of customers chasing deals over the weekend is projected to be roughly the same as last year, they are likely to spend more on gifts this time around. The National Retail Federation is forecasting a 4.1 percent gain in retail sales in November and December, the biggest increase since the industry grew 4.8 percent in 2011.