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In this Oct. 27, 2011 photo, Lorraine Hitch, senior vice president of J.C. Penney, talks about items in the Glamour display, in New York. As consumers go, so goes the economy. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, so a strong shopping season could be just the boost the economy needs.

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