Start to Holiday Shopping Tests Concern Over Fiscal Cliff

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

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

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The National Retail Federation says holiday sales will rise 4.1 percent to an estimated $586.1 billion this year, compared with a 5.6 percent gain in 2011.

Left, shoppers wait in line outside a Best Buy Co. store prior to the store's midnight opening in Peoria, Illinois, on Nov. 22, 2012.

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