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Retailers expect Halloween to break records, $8.4B in sales

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Halloween is expected to set records this year with more than $8.4 billion in retail sales, according to a new survey from the National Retail Federation. NRF estimates more than 171 million Americans plan to celebrate the holiday and will spend an average of $83 each on costumes, candy, decorations, and greeting cards. The numbers are a big jump over 2015, when Americans spent about $74 each — or $6.9 billion total. “More families are making a bigger deal out of…

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Barbecues, fireworks and travel boost expected Independence Day spending to record $7 billion

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Consumers are expected to spend more than $7 billion celebrating Independence Day this year according to a new survey released by the National Retail Federation. The total slightly edges out 2015’s record-setting numbers, when consumers spent an average of $71.23 celebrating the holiday. “Floridians will celebrate Independence Day this year by spending in record numbers, making it potentially a very prosperous holiday weekend for our retailers statewide,” said Florida Retail Federation President and CEO Randy Miller. “Low gas prices, nice…

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