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Valentine’s Day spending up nationwide

Great Bend Floral and Gifts designer Jean McAtee puts the finishing touches on a Valentine’s Day arrangement. Red roses, the traditional symbol for love and romance, are still the most popular choice according to manager Kim Roach.

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While the National Retail Federation said consumers are still cautious coming out of the 2013 holiday shopping season, some shoppers may have been holding back in anticipation of the next big retail holiday, Valentines Day.   
Businesses around Great Bend are reporting an uptick in calls and sales for Valentines day.  And this mirrors what’s happening around the country.  While American consumers will be splurging less and budgeting more, the average shopper will spend $134 on candy, cards, gifts, dinner and other gift ideas this year.   That’s up from $116 in 2011 and $126 in 2012.  
Larry McDilda, owner ...

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