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Forecasters Predict Merry Holiday Shopping With An Economy That Looks Bright

Victor Hanacek

Holiday shoppers are expected to spend a little more this year. The Florida Retail Federation is predicting a 4.5  percent increase in holiday spending this year over last. Florida Retail Federation President Rick McAllister says the projected spending increase indicates positive economic growth.

“The future of retail looks bright. The economy of Florida looks bright,” he says.

Nation-wide holiday spending is expected to grow by 3.5 percent. McAllister says tourists and those who travel to Florida for the winter are helping to add to steeper growth in Florida.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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