In this Nov. 25, 2011 file photo, customers wait in line to pay for their items at a Kohl's department store in La Habra, Calif. Despite all the worrying by retailers, the holiday 2011 shopping season is wrapping up to be bigger than anyone expected. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 21, 2011 11:48:08 AM PST
By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - December 21, 2011 --
The holiday shopping season is wrapping up to be bigger than anyone expected. Now, retailers are holding their breath and hoping consumers will keep spending in the final days before Christmas.