Holiday sales encouraging, but are shoppers done?

The holiday shopping season appears to be off toa respectable start. Shoppers came out in bigger numbers than lastyear on Friday and traffic was steady through the weekend.

Add in strong spending earlier in the month and robust salesonline, and retailers are feeling encouraged. That's particularlytrue because shoppers also scooped up more items for themselves.

The question remains how many dollars shoppers are prepared tospend before Christmas.

Retailers at shopping malls eked out a 0.3 percent increase inrevenue to $10.69 billion on Black Friday, according to preliminaryfigures from ShopperTrak.

Online, spending rose more than 14 percent from Thanksgiving Daythrough Saturday, according to IBM's Coremetrics.

Shoppers scour for deals at Palisades Center Mall

Thousands hunt for Black Friday deals at Woodbury Common Outlets

Thousands hunt for Black Friday deals at Woodbury Common Outlets

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