In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, photo, holiday shoppers walk past a large Christmas tree at Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach, Calif. U.S. consumers increased their spen

 

              In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, photo,  holiday shoppers walk past a large Christmas tree at Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach, Calif. U.S. consumers increased their spen
In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, photo, holiday shoppers walk past a large Christmas tree at Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach, Calif. U.S. consumers increased their spending at retail businesses in December, buying more autos, furniture and clothing. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)