NEW YORK (AP) — Analysts are calling it a somewhat encouraging start to the holiday shopping season. Early numbers suggest post-Thanksgiving buying was higher than last year both in stores and online.
According to preliminary figures released Saturday by the research firm ShopperTrak sales rose 0.5 percent over last year.
Analysts say shoppers stuck to their lists for the most part and focused on practical items.
Today is Cyber Monday, when online sellers hope to get a boost.