The Easter spending forecast is healthy

Apr 1, 2021
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Written by Washington Retail
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Consumers say they will spend an average $179.70 this Easter, the highest figure on record, the National Retail Federation reports. An estimated 79% of Americans will spend $21.6 billion for the holiday, down slightly from last year’s pre-pandemic forecast of $21.7 billion.

The 8,111 consumers surveyed between March 1 and 8 said they would mark the holiday by cooking a holiday meal (59%), visiting with family and friends (43%), watching TV (43%), planning an Easter egg hunt (31%) or attending church (28%).

Anticipated expenses are $31.06 on gifts; $52.50 on food and $25.22 on candy, all up slightly from last year.

While the pandemic continues some said they would rather not gather in person. Twenty-two percent said they would attend church virtually and 24% said they would connect with their loved ones by phone or video. The survey has a 1.1% margin of error.

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