Americans purge woes with tinsel splurge

US retailers are expecting record sales of Christmas decorations this year, as consumers drown their economic sorrows in ornaments and LED lights

6th December, 2011
Americans purge woes with tinsel splurge
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Peggy Curtis spent Thanksgiving week out of work, the first layoff in her 37 years making cigarettes in a North Carolina factory. Instead of moping, she went shopping for holiday decorations at Home Depot.

“The economy is tough, but that’s not going to stop me,” said Curtis, 58, whose $600 spree so far includes enough lights to illuminate nine Crape Myrtle shrubs. “I love Christmas.”

With little to cheer about these days...

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