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• The National Retail Federation (NRF) 010 Easter Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, predicts that holiday celebrants will spend slightly more this year with the average person expected to shell out $118.60, up from $116.59 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $13.03 billion.

• Published reports say that the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) spent $880,000 during the fourth quarter of 2009 to lobby the federal government in budget issues, credit card fee reform, retail crime, and other issues.
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