A robust economy has consumers in a spending mood and that’s good news for retailers as the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season — Black Friday — is just days away.

The National Retail Federation predicts holiday spending, excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants, will be up 3.6 percent to 4 percent over last year, with the average consumer expected to spend about $967 this holiday season.

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Robins School of Business

Professor of Finance
Joseph A. Jennings Chair in Business
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