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HOLIDAY SHOPPING YOUR WAY
NEW YORK â¿¿ If the economic downturn has taught retailers anything, it's that a 50 percent off sale isn't enough to lure finicky American shoppers into stores these days. So this holiday season, shoppers will find that retailers are doing all kinds of things to make it easier for them to part with their money. They're offering free layaways and shipping. They're matching prices with online rivals. They're even opening on Thanksgiving Day. By Retail Writer Mae Anderson.
CHICAGO â¿¿ Feeling the pinch of the sluggish economic recovery, many Americans setting out on the nation's annual Thanksgiving migration had to sacrifice summer vacations, rely on relatives for airfare or scour the Web for travel deals to ensure they made it home. By Jason Keyser
Gas costs more than a year ago but Americans still have reason to be thankful. Prices in many parts of the country have fallen and drivers in 14 states are now paying less than they did last Thanksgiving. Still, Americans are likely to spend more on gasoline in 2012 than in any year before. Here's a look at how gas prices have fluctuated over the past year both nationally and in a handful of states. By Business Writer Sandy Shore.