Final Note

In which U.S. holiday shopping is mellow

Kai Ryssdal Dec 4, 2013

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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