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US shoppers boost late holiday spending

Super Saturday weekend sales 2.4 per cent higher than last year's

SEASON FOR SHOPPING: The late shopping surge is expected to continue all the way through Christmas Eve. Lower unemployment, falling gas prices and rising consumer sentiment helped spur spending last month.

New York

US shoppers spent 2.4 per cent more during the weekend before the Christmas holiday this year, giving a boost to retailers in the final days of 2014.

Purchases during the so-called Super Saturday weekend rose to US$42 billion, up from US$41 billion during the same weekend