Illustration of a family Holiday shopping Holiday Retail Outlook
Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving - is often recognized as the beginning of the holiday shopping season. It's the day retailers offer deep discounts and early-morning hours to entice consumers to spend. And, given the current economic crisis, the success of the day - and the season that follows - could be more important for some stores this year than at any time in recent history. For months, there have been dismal predictions for holiday retail sales. But how realistic are those forecasts? This week, we'll examine how things look in Florida's retail economy this holiday season and talk about how are consumers changing their behavior in these uncertain times.

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