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Shoppers Emerge for Black Friday

Shoppers across the country throng stores in search of bargains at the traditional start to the holiday shopping season, as retailers hope for a strong end to the year. Analysts predict shoppers will spend slightly more than last year between now and the end of next month. NPR's Jackie Northam reports.

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Jackie Northam is NPR's International Affairs Correspondent. She is a veteran journalist who has spent three decades reporting on conflict, geopolitics, and life across the globe - from the mountains of Afghanistan and the desert sands of Saudi Arabia, to the gritty prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the pristine beauty of the Arctic.