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Bloomberg reports on a National Retail Federation (NRF) study saying that shoppers plan to spend an average of $56.31 on Halloween candy and costumes this year, down from $66.54 a year ago. . Total spending will decline 18 percent to $4.8 billion from $5.8 billion last year, the NRF estimates.

“The economy has caught up to Halloween this year,” said NRF president/CEO Tracy Mullin.
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