WASHINGTON — Back-to-school spending on school merchandise is expected to decline 7.7% from $594.24 in 2008 to $548.72 this season for the average family with students in grades Kindergarten through 12, according to the National Retail Federation's 2009 Back to School Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch. According to the survey, the economy is having a major impact on back-to-school spending as four out of five Americans (85%) have made some changes to ...

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