Retailers Gear Up for the Holidays 

We’re still 11 days out before “black friday,” the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.But what happens in the next few weeks may serve as an indicator as to what kind of spending we’ll see.The National Retail Federation says Americans will focus primarily on practical gifts and shop on a budget.In Saco, shop keepers are keeping an eye on sales trend from years past, wondering how it will all shake out this year with the recession still in full swing.Shop keepers are also cross-promoting to help drive-up holiday sales.