By  on January 12, 2018

Shoppers spent more this holiday season than they have in many years, according to new government data and independent research, capping off what was a tough year for retail on a strong note.

For the month of December, the U.S. Census Bureau said retail saw $437.83 billion in sales, a 5.6 percent increase over a year earlier, boosting the industry’s collective top line by about $23 billion. For the full year, retail sales came in at $5.07 trillion, an increase of 4.4 percent over the previous year.

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