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Economy alters Mother's Day

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The economy is taking its toll on Mother's Day, as Americans were expected to spend less this year on their moms. According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, people will spend about $15 less than they did last year.

The most popular gift for mom this year is flowers. Despite the slide in sales, one vendor in the Albany Mall said she has had her strongest Mother's Day ever thanks to last minute shoppers.

"Today when I got here, there were people waiting on me. It's been busier today than it has been any other day. And we've been selling all kinds of Mother's Day gifts. We had big baskets and little baskets," said Rachael Milner.

"I got her a bear, some balloons, a gift card and I took her out to eat." said Carlos Cervantes. People are expected to spend just over $2.3 billion on jewelry, and $1.5 billion on gift cards.

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