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• The Wall Street Journal reports that "Post Holdings Inc. has agreed to buy privately-held MOM Brands Co. for $1.15 billion in a deal that will add Berry Colossal Crunch and Frosted Mini Spooners to Post’s trove of cereal brands ... Under the terms of the deal, Post will pay MOM $1.05 billion in cash and issue its owners 2.45 million shares of Post stock."


• The National Retail Federation (NRF) reports that its Consumer Spending Survey suggests that "the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day will spend $142.31 on candy, flowers, apparel and more, up from $133.91 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $18.9 billion, a survey high."

The study goes on to say that "men will spend nearly double what women plan to spend ($190.53 versus $96.58 on average, respectively.)  Additionally, adults 25 to 34 will outspend other age groups at an average of $213.04; 35 to 44 year olds will spend an average of $176.21 and 18 to 24 year olds will spend an average of $168.95."
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