Article Photos: US holiday sales slowly pick up after Sandy 1/1

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, file photo, a customer makes a purchase in the Times Square Toys-R-Us store in New York. U.S. retail sales rose 0.3 percent in November from October, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That offset a 0.3 percent decline in October from September. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)