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Consumers in better holiday spirits

US households plan to spend an average of $538 this holiday season.

US households plan to spend an average of $538 on gifts this holiday season, up slightly from $528 last year, The Conference Board reported today.

About 8% of consumers say they plan to spend more this year on holiday gifts, while approximately 32% plan to spend less. The remaining 60% plan to spend about the same as last year.

"Consumers will once again seek out bargains and incentives when making their purchases."

"The recent improvements in consumer confidence – along with robust job growth and declines in gas prices – have consumers approaching the holiday season in better spirits than last year," said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board. "However, despite the improved holiday cheer, consumers will once again seek out bargains and incentives when making their purchases."

About one in three holiday shoppers say they expect over half of their purchases to be on sale or discounted. An increasing number of consumers will be clicking and shipping. Nearly seven out of ten expect to purchase at least some of their holiday gifts online, while about one out of four say more than half of their gifts will be purchased online.

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