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Stores Usher in Holiday Shopping Season
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shoppers - shrugging off a spate of lead-tainted toy recalls and higher prices for food and gas - jammed stores before dawn Friday to grab discounted TVs, toys and clothing for the official start of the holiday season, expected to be the weakest retail showing in five years....

Stores Lure Shoppers Before Black Friday
NEW YORK (AP) -- The start of the holiday shopping season crept earlier into Thursday as retailers lured shoppers to stores and online ahead of the traditional Black Friday kick-off....

Midnight Shopping Gains Popularity
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- While many Americans sleep off the effects of oversize turkey dinners, Glenn Murphy will mingle with holiday hordes at an outlet mall. Murphy, chairman and CEO of The Gap Inc., said he and other executives are assessing whether the retail industry's "doorbuster" promotions - which begin at midnight, only hours after the pumpkin pie is served - are worth the additional costs and scheduling hassles....