Holiday season moves into high gear but challenges remain

  • Black Friday shoppers wait in line to enter a store in 2020 at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

NEW YORK — Buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay gains and substantial savings, shoppers are returning to stores and splurging on all types of items.