RETAILERS BRACE AS VIRUS BEARS DOWN ON CONSUMERS AND ECONOMY

© Provided by Associated Press Cashier Druhan Parker, right, works behind a plexiglass shield Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, as he checks out shoppers Cassie Howard, left, and Paris Black at an in Chicago. The accelerating surge of coronavirus cases across the U.S. is causing an existential crisis for America’s retailers and spooking their customers just as the critically important holiday sho...