Cyber Monday caps holiday shopping weekend

Americans are spending freely and going back to store shopping, knocking out some of the momentum in online sales from last year. But shopper traffic on Black Friday was still below pre-pandemic levels in part because retailers spread out big deals starting in October.

Inflation surges globally as economies reel from pandemic

Rising inflation is leading to price increases for food, gas and other products and pushing many people to choose between digging deeper into their pockets or tightening their belts. In developing economies, it's especially dire.

Black Friday shopping deals

Black Friday deals actually started days ago, especially online. Major retailers are offering good discounts but not a lot of door-busters — because they don't need to, according to Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with DealNews.com.