Obama's economic team was a big story this week. Kai Ryssdal talks with N.Y. Times columnist David Leonhardt and Atlantic.com writer Megan McArdle about the president-elect's picks and other market news.
While the stores throw deep discounts to their customers in order to hit sales out of the park today, shoppers are spending carefully. Danielle Karson spoke to a few at a mall in Bethesda, Maryland this morning.
While the crowds are swarming some stores around the country, other retail openings went off with less of a bang. Still, some shoppers enjoy coming in early in the morning for other reasons. Phillip Martin has more.
Retailers are hoping for a prosperous Black Friday to save a holiday season with dark prospects. So far, things are looking pretty good. Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch checks in with Scott Jagow from the Great Mall in San Jose, Calif.
Woolworths has over 800 stores around the U.K., and all face closure as the company went bankrupt last night. Stephen Beard reports this is troubling news as the company does its best around the holiday season.
It's hard to feel bad about shopping when you get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. And that's what Macy's is counting on with ads focusing on 150 years of nostalgia-friendly store heritage. Andrea Gardner reports.
Book sellers are seeing sales drops across the board, and it's not just because of the economy. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports how discounters are pilfering bookstores' customer base by offering popular titles.