In the first of a series of Weekend Edition conversations, host Scott Simon speaks to Joshua Chaffin, a reporter for The Financial Times, about how people across the European Union view the fiscal cliff negotiations.
The idea behind Small Business Saturday is to direct consumers to mom-and-pop stores that probably didn't get swamped by the Black Friday bonanza. These small businesses might not have the best deal on a TV, but experts say they are an important factor in overall economic recovery.
It's a new tradition: The Friday after Thanksgiving has become the day when families line up early to get a jump on holiday deals. But in recent years, Black Friday has become less important in the retail outlook.
Long lines and huge crowds can make holiday shopping stressful. But more people are turning to smart phones and tablets to ease the pain with apps that let you scan bar codes and compare prices on the fly. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about the mobile shopping revolution.
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