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Last-minute dashers in the stores

Shoppers rushing to the malls on Christmas Eve "puts you in the spirit," says Kari Gaskins of Prince George's County, who was shopping at Pentagon City. It's also destined to broaden the smile of retailers, with holiday spending this year predicted to jump 3.3 percent. Many stores decided to extend their hours to meet demand.



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Dec. 24, 2010

The Christmas Eve rush for last-minute gifts and talks with Santa drew crowds to Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax County. At top right, Megan Meyers, 10, and her brother Brady, 7, check out the line leading to Santa. Nearly 31.1 million people planned to be out shopping on Friday, according to a survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs.

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Article | So, by Friday afternoon, tens of thousands of last-minute shoppers had only the malls and shops around the region to find the perfect DVD, sweater, book, video game or gadget to pick up and slide, just in time, under the Christmas tree.

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