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5. Easter

Share of holiday spending: 6.1 percent
2010 spending $14.02 billion
Change from 2009: +1.8 percent

Chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and stuffed animals are just a few items that spring to mind when someone mentions Easter. But they are not the only items purchased to mark the occasion.

The religious holiday also tends to inspire the purchase of new clothing and it provides a chance to gather the family together for a holiday meal.

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