WASHINGTON — National Retail Federation here on Friday projected that consumers would spend a total of $14.4 billion on food, clothing, gifts, flowers decorations and candy related to Easter this year. The holiday falls on March 23 this year — the earliest it has occurred since 1913. The NRF survey, conducted by BIGresearch, said the average consumer will spend $135.03 on the holiday, about the same as the $135.07 spent in 2007. That will include about $41.09 on Easter meals, the largest ...

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