Shoppers Cite Higher Costs this Holiday Season

NEW YORK — More than half — 59% — of shoppers will spend the same or more this holiday season as last year, despite a negative outlook for the economy, according to Deloitte's 26th annual survey of holiday spending plans.

Shoppers planning to spend less this year cited higher costs impacting their household budgets, including 63% who cited higher food prices and 60% who cited higher gas prices.

"Lackluster employment growth, debt cris

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