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Consumers to spend record $17.3 billion Easter weekend, retailers say

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Easter shoppers are expected to spend nearly $150 each this weekend for a record-busting $17.3 billion in holiday sales. According to a survey released by the National Retail Federation Monday, consumers will spend $146 a piece celebrating the Christian holiday, the highest total in the survey’s 13-year history. “This time of year means the arrival of good weather and good moods across Florida as consumers buy gifts, food and decorations to celebrate Easter with family and friends,” Florida Retail Federation…

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Sláinte! St. Patrick’s Day spending to hit $4.4 billion in U.S. this year, retail study shows

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Americans are expected to spend about $4.4 billion celebrating St. Patrick’s Day according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation. The study, conducted by Proper Insight and Analysis, found American adults would spend an average of $35.37 celebrating the holiday associated with Irish pride, which is a slight decrease from the $36.52 average the survey found in 2015. “Florida retailers can expect to see a nice bump in their sales in the coming weeks as millions of Floridians…

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Valentine’s Day 2016 spending expected to reach nearly $20 billion

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Valentine’s Day spending is set to hit a record high of nearly $20 billion nationally, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation. The NRF Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey estimates love birds will spend an average of $146.84 a piece for holiday celebrations, up $4.53 from the 2015 average and overall spending is expected to hit $19.7 billion. “Valentine’s Day continues to play a significant role in the bottom line for Florida retailers, as consumers buy gifts…

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Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster

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Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called “Cyber Monday.” But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. Still, Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates that it will rack up over $3 billion in sales. “It’s no longer about one day, but a season of digital deals,” said Matthew Shay, president of retail trade group The National Retail Federation. Online shopping…

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CFO Jeff Atwater reminds consumers to plan before braving Black Friday crowds

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The days after Thanksgiving have become the top shopping weekend of the year for many retailers and the National Retail Federation expects more than 135 million Americans will shop retail deals over the holiday weekend. While Black Friday deals may be enticing, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and the Department of Financial Services say shoppers need to make a plan and a budget before braving the crowds. Most financial planners say shoppers should spend no more than 1.5 percent…

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Florida Surgeon General offers tip sheet for healthy Halloween

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Making sure youngsters eat a healthy snack or meal before they go trick-or-treating could help make their Halloween a bit healthier according to a tip sheet put out by the Florida Department of Health Tuesday. “Halloween and fall festivals are a great time to remind your children to make healthy choices while having fun,” said Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Let’s encourage everyone to make safety a priority when visiting with family and neighbors.” According…

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Email insights: Florida’s longest back-to-school tax holiday starts Friday

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Returning to school may not be popular with students, but parents are looking forward to Florida’s annual sales tax holiday and the associated back-to-school sales. A new email from the Florida Retail Federation reminds everyone that the 2015 sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 7, and runs through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 16. The 10-day extension is the longest back-to-school shopping holiday since the practice began in 1998, giving consumers two full weekends to shop for necessary school supplies, clothing and…

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