Boston-area consumers plan to to spend significantly more on gifts than other US shoppers this holiday season. A recent survey of 500 local residents by the New York consulting firm Deloitte found shoppers here are planning to spend an average of $465 on holiday gifts -- $43 more than last year, and 20 percent more than the national average. Nationwide, shoppers are expected to spend $386, or about $10 less than they did in 2011.
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