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A national survey in early November showed that 12 percent of people expect to spend more, or much more, on their holiday shopping this year, compared to 8 percent who said the same thing last year.

National retail groups predict holiday consumer spending will increase 3.5 percent to 4 percent this year, with the slowest growth in the West. But Arizona retailers and economists said they are confident that holiday spending in the state will increase by the national average or more. Read more»