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Start to Holiday Shopping Tests Concern Over Fiscal Cliff

By Bloomberg - 2012-11-23T13:54:57Z

Photograph by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

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Shoving to be First

U.S. consumers, whose spending makes up about 70 percent of the U.S. economy, have coped this year with political uncertainty, higher fuel prices and, in the Northeast, the fallout from Hurricane Sandy.

Shopper enter a Kmart store as it opens on Thanksgiving night in Griffith, Indiana.

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