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Jon Talton

Analysis and commentary on economic news, trends and issues, with an emphasis on Seattle and the Northwest.

November 25, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Vote: Holiday shopping plans

I’ve been out among the crowd this morning at Westlake Park awaiting the Macy’s parade. An informal survey says many plan to stick around and look, maybe even shop. Black Friday is a constuct of the retail industry but it doesn’t give a good picture of the overall shopping season. And even that can mislead. As NYU economist Nouriel “Dr. Doom” Roubini cautioned today, “Retail sales provide biased measure of consumption spending by households as they are sharply cutting back discretionary service spending.”

So, today’s poll:

My shopping plans this year

Feel free to tell your Black Friday experiences in the comments section. And read on for the best economics stories of the week.

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