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MINNEAPOLIS-Gloomy news for Twin Cities retailers: A recent study of Twin Cities consumers concluded that they will spend a little less on Christmas shopping this year than last year.

The study runs counter to generally cheery expectations for the industry from such organizations as the National Retail Federation.

Shoppers will spend an average total of $779 per Twin Cities’ household, according to the University of St. Thomas Institute for Retailing Excellence, which conducted the study. That is down $13 per household, or 1.6%, compared to survey results from a year ago. Respondents who said they plan to spend less cited, as reasons, money concerns or changes in their families.

About 35% of the respondents said they plan to spend less than a year ago, while 9% said they plan to spend more on holiday presents this year. The rest said they plan to spend about the same as they did last year.

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