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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Mary Welch
The recession that crippled the past two years of holiday shopping has abated, and consumers are shopping a bit more, researchers say, while looking for the best deals amid worries that a full-scale economic recovery is not here.
"How many times do you stand in a store and overhear people complaining about how hard it is to buy a gift for a person? Theyre so grumpy about giving," said Ms. Welch, a Lansing, Mich., assets manager.
"I just want people to be happy and not put themselves in debt, so I stopped the gifts,"