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US economy, fiscal cliff weigh on shoppers

Pre-holiday data signal a pullback

WASHINGTON — Holiday shoppers descended on malls over the weekend in a last-minute dash to buy gifts amid concern about the nation’s economy and the impasse in Washington over taxes and spending.

Shopping Sunday for clothes and Lego toys for her 2- and 4-year-old children at a mall in Burlington, Mass., Marjorie Decker, 40, said her family is spending less, compared with last year.

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