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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Up All Night

Even though thousands of stores are opening earlier, 147 million consumers, or 5 million fewer than last year, plan to hit the malls this weekend.

Left, bargain-hunters keep warm as they wait outside a Best Buy Co. store prior to the store's midnight opening in Peoria, Illinois.