Lollipops from Dylan's Candy Bar are displayed at s J.C. Penney store in New York. As consumers go, so goes the economy. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, so a strong shopping season could be just the boost the economy needs.
Lollipops from Dylan's Candy Bar are displayed at s J.C. Penney store in New York. As consumers go, so goes the economy. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, so a strong shopping season could be just the boost the economy needs.
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published Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
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NEW YORK — Retailers awaiting the arrival of Black Friday are on the edge. How well they do during the biggest shopping season of the year will have lasting consequences not just on them, but the still-fragile economic recovery.

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