Holiday shopping kicks off with inflation dampening spirits

Shoppers exit a Claire's accessories store advertising sales ahead of Black Friday and the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 21 in Miami. Retailers are ushering in the start of the holiday shopping season on the day after Thanksgiving, preparing for the biggest crowds since 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

NEW YORK — While Black Friday will mark a return to familiar holiday shopping patterns, uncertainty still remains.