Americans ramped up spending during the holidays despite some financial anxiety and higher costs

SHOPPERS VISIT the Christmas Village in Philadelphia on Dec. 13. Holiday sales rose in 2023 as spending remained resilient during the critical shopping season even as shoppers deal with still stubborn inflation in some areas as well as other financial worries, according to one measure. AP FILE PHOTO/MATT ROURKE

NEW YORK (AP) – Holiday sales rose this year and spending remained resilient during the shopping season even with Americans wrestling with higher prices in some areas and other financial worries, according to the latest measure. Holiday sales from the beginning of November through Christmas Eve climbed 3.1%, a slower pace than the 7.6% increase

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