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Final Push for Holiday Sales

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EUGENE, Ore. — With four more days left until Christmas it is now time for the final shopping stretch. Retailers are offering deep discounts enticing last-minute shoppers.

“From shoes, to throw, to fireplaces, easy gift items and even stocking stuffers; really, we like to say everything is a hot ticket item,” said store director Mike Brown, Fred Meyer.

The National Retail Federation says Americans are making good progress on their holiday shopping lists this year. According to the survey of consumers, the average shopper completed nearly 57 percent of their holiday shopping by Thursday and many will finish their lists during the four day weekend.

The most popular gift this year is apparel; 53 percent of people have bought clothing or accessories, so far. In second place are books, DVDs, CDs and video games. Toys come in third, followed by gift cards; electronics round out the top five.

The average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling to more than $465 billion.

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