Updated: 04/16/2014 7:14 AM
Created: 04/16/2014 6:39 AM WHEC.com
The Easter weekend may bring a surge in consumer spending -- a much needed relief for the nation's retail stores.
Easter traditionally ranks as one of the top consumer spending holidays for food, clothing, candy, flowers and gifts. The National Retail Federation is predicting nearly $16-billion in sales through the Easter weekend which would give the industry a boost.
However, the average American celebrating the holiday is expected to spend less. Last year consumers spent just over $145 leading up to Easter. This year that is expected to drop to about $137.