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Back-to-school shopping

$7.6 billion The amount of money spent at family clothing stores in August 2008. Topped only by holiday sales in December that year, back-to-school shopping was one of the biggest annual booms for children's clothing retail. $2.4 billion Total sales at bookstores in August 2008. January was the only month in 2008 to rival those sales. Credit: The U.S. Census Bureau Getty Images
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