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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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Like some statistics this one is a little too well spun !! If I do not know how much - the absolute value - Aussies spend in the remaining 11 months, 35% and 18% do not mean anything. 35% of what?

If Aussies spend $100/- every month till December, then they spend $135/- in December. If US'ises spend $200/- a month and $236/- in December, then they have spent only 18% more in December than other months, but of course, have spent heck of a lot more throughout the year than the "poorer" Aussies. So maybe we US'ies spend twice as much throughout the year anyways..... So we need the baseline raw numbers ot make sense of what a rise means.

In fact, they still spend LESS than US'ies in December because their baseline - $100/- - is lower. I tell you, there is no beating US'ies in overall spending. Its in our DNA !!

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