Americans are expected to spend a combined $16.4 billion on clothes, candy, food and other Easter-related products this year, up from $15.8 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation.
For Christians around the world, Easter marks the resurrection of Jesus. For retailers across the country, the holiday slides consumers into spring sales. For instance, Americans are expected to dole out $2.9 billion in new clothes for their families, according to the NRF survey.
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Money spent on food spending is expected to top $5.3 billion and another $2.2 billion on candy, such as jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and yellow Peeps. Americans are also expected to spend $2.4 billion on gifts, $1.1 billion on flowers, $998 million on decorations and $695 million on greeting cards.
The survey also measured how Americans plan to spend their Easter.
A majority of Easter participants (57.4 percent) said they plan to spend the day visiting friends and family, and half (50.8 percent) will attend a church service. About a third of those surveyed said they will plan an Easter egg hunt for the children in their lives.
This year, Michelle Obama is promoting yoga and and healthy cooking at the White House, but candy appears to be still in high demand this year. You can carry on your Cadbury egg vs. Peeps debate. Or, if you’re avoiding a sugar crash this year, one nutritionist recommends combining fiber or protein with sweets, such as eating the chocolate-covered nuts instead of the jelly beans.
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