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Elaine Zenzen and her husband Earl, of Belgrade, check out the reduced price Christmas decorations Thursday on sale at Menards the day following Christmas. Analysts say the shopping season is far from over. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Not close to being done: Discounts, promotions spur sales in U.S. holiday season

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Sales during the 2013 U.S. holiday season grew from a year earlier as deep discounting and increased promotions encouraged bargain-hungry shoppers to buy more.

Holiday sales between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 rose 2.3 percent, compared with 0.7 percent a year earlier, according to data published in the MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse report.

This sales growth was the highest in three years.

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