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Retail Federation expects record-breaking St. Patrick’s Day spending in 2017

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St. Patrick’s Day revelers won’t be the only one’s seeing green this year according to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation. The retail trade group estimates those celebrating the Irish holiday will spend $37.92 a piece this year, with total spending expected to top $5.3 billion — a significant jump from last year’s $4.4 billion and good enough for a record. “We continue to see spending on holidays and celebrations reaching or exceeding record highs, which reinforces the…

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Christmas just days away, and only 1-in-10 shoppers are ready

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With just eight days left until Christmas, retailers say only one in 10 shoppers have all their gifts wrapped and under the tree. According to the Florida Retail Federation’s final consumer holiday spending survey, released Wednesday, the average holiday shopper is just over halfway down their list, and getting those last few gifts will come down to the wire for some — a third of shoppers said they plan to make their last holiday purchase by Friday, while 10 percent…

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