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How much do we buy from Black Friday to Christmas?

Posted at 11:01 AM on November 22, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Economy

There's no consensus on when the shopping expression "Black Friday" was born. The most popular origin story goes back to a 1982 ABC News story.

There's no question, however, that the shopping push that starts just after midnight Thursday and runs through the end of the year is absolutely vital to the nation's retailing business.

About three of every four annual holiday shopping dollars will be spent in the next month.

Here's a chart from the National Retail Federation:

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About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.

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