President Obama shopped with daughter Malia at One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., on Small Business Saturday last year. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Commuters wait on the platform as a Metro-North train arrives in Bridgeport, Conn. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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K-Mart was one of the chains deciding to open early this Thanksgiving Day. Jan Somma-Hammel/Staten Island Advance /Landov hide caption

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South Coast Plaza's Bulgari hosted a benefit in Costa Mesa, Calif. Offering amenities like a meditation room, this mall is among the most successful high-end shopping centers in the country. Ryan Miller/Invision/AP hide caption

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The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time last week. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Las Vegas, long known for its gambling-fueled revenue model, took a big hit in the financial crisis. The city is now trying to remake itself as more than a one-economy town. Darrin Bush/AP/Las Vegas News Bureau hide caption

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Gas prices are down compared with last year, but slumping consumer confidence could dampen Thanksgiving holiday travel. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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