Black Friday sales suggest quite the green Christmas

Retail experts from industry analysts to small-town shopkeepers are optimistic about this year's holiday sales season, even if Black Friday and its door-buster mobs are playing a smaller role in the total sales picture than in years past.

Retailers traditionally count on holiday shoppers to generate up to half of their annual revenue and most all of their annual profit. What's changing is where and how retail sales are made.

"What we see is that the clicks continue to outpace the bricks when it comes to sales growth and comparing the rates of growth for on-line sales versus retail in-store sales," Chris Christopher, director of consumer economics for IHS Global Insight, told C