Inflation hovers over holiday season shoppers

SHOPPERS RETURNED returned to familiar holiday shopping patterns but were weighed down by inflation this Black Friday after two seasons marked by pandemic worries and supply issues. Due to elevated prices for food, rent, gasoline and other household costs, many were reluctant to spend unless there was a big sale. / ASSOCIATED PRESS / REBECCA BLACKWELL
NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers returned to familiar holiday shopping patterns but were weighed down by inflation this Black Friday after two seasons marked by pandemic worries and supply issues.  Due to elevated prices for food, rent, gasoline and other household costs, many were reluctant to spend unless there was a big sale.  Shoppers were…

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