To Lure Crowds, Retailers Mark Down Necessities

On this Black Friday, local stores have marked down popular toys and electronics, and they're also pushing deals on more practical items, including necessities like clothes and diapers. Big chains are promoting deals that reflect tough economic times. Walmart is pricing down jackets and pajamas, while Toys R Us and Babies R Us have deals on diapers and baby food.

The National Retail Federation still expects Black Friday to be a relative success this year. On Wednesday, the government reported consumer spending was up 0.7 percent in October, another sign national sales are continuing to rise, after more than a year of declines.