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with contributions from Lisa Lockwood
 on July 13, 2017

In a highly optimistic forecast, the National Retail Federation projects that back-to-school and college spending will reach $83.6 billion, a more than 10 percent increase from last year’s $75.8 billion.

The NRF says rising consumer confidence and higher school enrollment will trigger the gains. Categories being measured include clothing, shoes, electronics and school supplies.

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