NEW YORK - The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy.In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of people eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal times: A spike in coronavirus cases is threatening the economy's fitful recovery from the sudden plunge in the spring. Crowds at stores were dramatically diminished as shoppers shifted online. Game consoles, cookware, robotic vacuum cleaners, slippers and pajamas were popular among shoppers preparing to spend a lot of time indoors this winter. Many were still eager to get into the holiday spirit and delight their loved ones after a tough year.Eric Kelly, a boxing gym owner, camped outside a store on Black Friday for the first time in his life, trying to … [Read more...] about Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online
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