|US retailers hope hordes of bargain-hunters can lift the economic gloom as the holiday shopping season begins. |
After polishing off Thanksgiving turkeys, millions of Americans will head to the shops on Friday for the busiest shopping day of the year.
Black Friday - so-called as it is when many retailers head out of the red and into the black - sees many stores open at midnight, or even earlier this year.
Half of the entire US population is expected to hit the shops this weekend.