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Americans are expected to spend an average of $886 on gifts this holiday season. Spending in Arizona cities, in one survey, could range from $590 in Tucson to $1,558 in Gilbert.

In the second holiday season of the pandemic era, goods may cost more, but Americans have more money to spend – and they appear to be eager to spend it - with a report last week saying Arizonans could spend as much as $1,558 per person on gifts this holiday season. Read more»

Witnesses wait for House hearing on the impact that a Supreme Court ruling on online sales tax has had on small businesses. From right, they are Linda Lester, vice president of K-Log Inc., Kevin Mahoney, president and founder of FindTape and Brad Scott, finance director for Prescott-based Halstead Beads Inc.

Prescott businessman Brad Scott told lawmakers Tuesday that a Supreme Court ruling that was supposed to help small businesses compete against online retailers is instead threatening to drive small firms like his out of business. Read more»

While back-to-school costs are expected to rise for families this year, overall spending is expected to be down slightly from last year, as there are fewer students going back to school. It is still projected to be a healthy $26.5 billion, however.

Families will spend an average of $669 on back-to-school shopping this year, with just more than $100 for school supplies alone, the National Retail Federation predicts, as strapped schools and teachers ask parents to pitch in. Family spending is expected to be up 5 percent from last year. Read more»