Easter Spending

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The retail industry is hoping that a later Easter this year will translate into increased business.

A survey conducted by BIG-research for the National Retail Federation estimates total Easter spending will top 12-and-a-half (b) billion dollars this year after totaling less than ten (b) billion last year. The survey also says the average shopper expects to spend nearly 122 dollars on Easter purchases, compared with 96 dollars and 50 cents a year ago.

Easter falls on April 16th. Last year it was March 27th, the earliest Easter in 16 years. As a result, analysts look for consumer spending, particularly on clothing, to be way up.

Other spending will go for such things as food, candy, flowers, decorations and greeting cards.