Christmas is over, but the U.S. holiday shopping season continues, with many Americans returning to stores to take advantage of new sales.
Some stores opened at dawn Monday, offering post-Christmas discounts to lure consumers back and boost profits.
U.S. retailers are hoping to improve on the mediocre sales that followed the Thanksgiving holiday in late November.
Analysts examine store receipts from large retail chains such as Wal-Mart during the holiday shopping season for clues about the strength of the national economy.
Full sales data on the holiday shopping season are not yet available, but preliminary data indicate sales rose over last year, but the increase was slightly less than expected.
Some information for this report provided by AP.