Shoppers Pack Stores for Christmas Eve
'Fantastic Friday' caps best retail season since 2007
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2010 4:11 PM CST
In this Dec. 18, 2010 photo, shoppers are photographed on 34th Street, in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – A late holiday shopping spree led shoppers to stores in droves, giving a fantastic finish to what is already the best holiday season for retail since 2007, the AP reports. Sales are expected to reach $451.5 billion overall this year, a 3.3% higher gross than last year. "I'm calling it Fantastic Friday," one analyst said, while the CEO of Toys R Us happily reported that: "Stores are packed."