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Shoppers in Freeport, Maine, pass by store windows advertising Black Friday deals after the stores opened their doors at midnight. Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Shoppers This Year May Need The Nudge Of Cold Air And Gift Cards

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Retailers are optimistic about back-to-school sales because the job market has been strengthening and gas prices have been falling. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Back-To-School Shoppers: Hunting For Tax Breaks And Bargains

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