Blackfriday retail sales, KB Toys

Amid a rising unemployment rate, prolonged housing crisis and volatile stock market, this year's shopping season was expected to be one of the worst in decades. On the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, all eyes were on the nation's cash registers and what they would hold for the faltering U.S. economy. Jireh Perez, 2, plays catch with himself at the Glendale Galleria KB Toys store, where lines were short. <span class="center_label"><a href="/la-ph-bestofphoto2008-sg,0,6071712.gallery">Best of 2008 Photography >>></a></span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="center_label"><a href="/la-bestof2008-page,0,3671848.htmlstory">Best of 2008 Main >>></a></span>
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( Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times )

Amid a rising unemployment rate, prolonged housing crisis and volatile stock market, this year's shopping season was expected to be one of the worst in decades. On the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, all eyes were on the nation's cash registers and what they would hold for the faltering U.S. economy. Jireh Perez, 2, plays catch with himself at the Glendale Galleria KB Toys store, where lines were short. Best of 2008 Photography >>>  Best of 2008 Main >>>

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