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In which U.S. holiday shopping is mellow

People make purchases at the Black Thursday sale at the Toys 'R' Us store in Times Square November 22, 2012 in New York City.

This final note today on the way out. You think we go nuts over holiday spending here?

You ain't seen nothing.

According to a recent article on Quartz, the Atlantic's business website, shoppers in Australia spend 35 percent more in December than they do in other months. Italians? 32 percent. Brits? 30 percent. 

The U.S.? A mere 18 percent more in December than other months.

So go crazy out there.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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