Pedestrians pass the Dow Jones display ticker in Times Square Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in New York. U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Photo by: Frank Franklin II

Pedestrians pass the Dow Jones display ticker in Times Square Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in New York. U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)