Shoppers go back to stores, but retailers face challenges

  • Troy Hemlin visiting Chicago from Springfield Ill., crosses the street carrying shopping bags, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in downtown Chicago. Americans are going back to one of their favorite pastimes: store shopping. With vaccinations rolling out and shoppers freer to go out maskless, retailers are seeing an eager return to their stores after months of watching their customers focus on online buying during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

  • Shoppers wait in line outside a Chicago downtown retail store as others pass by, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. With vaccinations rolling out and shoppers freer to go out maskless, retailers are seeing an eager return to their stores after months of watching their customers focus on online buying during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

NEW YORK — Americans are going back to one of their favorite pastimes: store shopping.