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The holiday shopping season began early with many retailers opening on Thanksgiving Day. (Getty Images)

Americans Kick Off First Holiday Shopping Weekend

The National Retail Federation predicts that 140 million shoppers planned to shop during the four-day holiday weekend that began on Thanksgiving Day.

11/30/2013

A container ship is docked at the Port of Miami on Dec. 27, 2012 in Miami, Fla. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Dockworker Strike Could Cost Companies $1 Billion A Day

Shipments of products as varied as flat-screen TVs, sneakers and snow shovels could sit idle at sea or get rerouted, at great time and expense, if more than 14,000 longshoremen go on strike as threatened — a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships.

12/28/2012