WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 28: Shoppers wait outside a store on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown December 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. Retail spending in the United States rose during the Christmas holiday ... more 
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 28: Shoppers wait outside a store on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown December 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. Retail spending in the United States rose during the Christmas holiday season 5.5 percent to levels seen in 2007 prior to the nation's recession. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) less 
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