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A girl looks up at a toy sales display in a JC Penney store in New York in this November 29, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

Bargain-hungry shoppers buy less on weekend before Christmas

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By Phil Wahba

ELMHURST, New York - U.S. consumers shopped less on the final weekend before Christmas despite deeper discounts, the latest sign of how difficult a season this is turning out to be for retailers.

Shoppers also showed signs they will do more of their spending after Dec. 25 than they did in the same period last year, in hopes of snagging even more deals.

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