Whitey - 9:13 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
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.
..... and what will happen to internet sales?