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Economy Weighs on Shoppers in Final Holiday Dash to Mall

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

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