The Washington Times - December 1, 2008, 09:05AM

Retailers anxiously are awaiting a tally of sales figures from the Thanksgiving weekend, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, Heather Cobun is reporting.

The retailers want to know if Black Friday really put them in the black, or whether the economic downturn made weekend shopping a shade of gray.

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It’s a profit motif. After all, how bad can the bottom line be when shoppers will trample a store worker to death to get a bargain?