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Americans are projected to spend $50 billion on holiday shopping Friday and into the weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. (Associated Press)

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"Political leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue need to stop undermining consumer confidence with partisan posturing," says National Retail Federation President Michael Shay. "If it's bad for retail, it's bad for the economy." (National Retail Federation)

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"Political leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue need to stop undermining consumer confidence with partisan posturing," says National Retail Federation President Matthew Shay. "If it's bad for retail, it's bad for the economy." (National Retail Federation)

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** FILE ** In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, file photo, a checkout line winds through a Best Buy store as shoppers take advantage of a midnight Black Friday sale on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Brentwood, Tenn. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, said Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, that it expects sales during the winter holiday shopping period in November and December to rise 4.1 percent this year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

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** FILE ** In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, file photo, a checkout line winds through a Best Buy store as shoppers take advantage of a midnight Black Friday sale on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Brentwood, Tenn. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, said Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, that it expects sales during the winter holiday shopping period in November and December to rise 4.1 percent this year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

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The National Retail Federation has found that the 82 percent of Americans who celebrate Easter will spend a total of $16.8 billion on food, decorations and apparel this year. (Orange County Register via Associated Press)