FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2010 file photo, Chris Palmer, of Topsham, Maine, has his arms full carrying his 10-month-old son, Jameson, and some last-minute Christmas gifts he bought at L.L. Bean, in ... more 
FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2010 file photo, Chris Palmer, of Topsham, Maine, has his arms full carrying his 10-month-old son, Jameson, and some last-minute Christmas gifts he bought at L.L. Bean, in Freeport, Maine. A new survey shows consumer confidence dipped in December, even after other reports suggest people increased their holiday spending at the biggest rate in four years. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Robert F. Bukaty, file
Thu, Dec 30, 2010 9:54 AM EST