National Retail Federation
Barbie has been replaced as the top toy for girls as characters from Disney’s “Frozen” including, Queen Elsa, have managed to dethrone the famous Mattel doll.
They remain optimistic the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.
The National Retail Federation predicts that 140 million shoppers planned to shop during the four-day holiday weekend that began on Thanksgiving 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.