Jesus Esparza of Chicago was shopping at the Macy's on State Street in Chicago two weeks before Christmas, one of many Americans finding bargains that helped their checkbooks but hurt a lot of retailers' bottom lines. Macy's Inc., however, saw strong gains in December that beat analysts estimates. (Associated Press)

Jesus Esparza of Chicago was shopping at the Macy's on State Street in Chicago two weeks before Christmas, one of many Americans finding bargains that helped their checkbooks but hurt a lot of retailers' bottom lines. Macy's Inc., however, saw strong gains in December that beat analysts estimates. (Associated Press)