By  on March 18, 2013

An uptick in the number of Easter celebrants this year will help offset a dip in their eagerness to spend on apparel and other holiday items.

According to a survey from BIGinsight released Monday by the National Retail Federation, holiday-related apparel spending is expected to rise 2 percent this year, to $3.07 billion from $3.01 billion, with the average purchaser spending $53.51 on the category, 0.6 percent below last year. Overall Easter-related spending is seen rising 2.7 percent to $17.2 billion, despite a slight drop in overall expenditures, which are expected to trend down 0.1 percent to $145.13.

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