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Jul 18, 2014 12:41 AM by Marissa Esquivel

Back-to-school spending is up

WASHINGTON - Families this summer will spend slightly more on back-to-school items than they did last year.

According to The United States National Response Framework 2014 Back-to-School Survey, the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on clothes, shoes, school supplies and electronics, up 5 percent from $634.78 last year.

The total spending of back-to-school will drop to $26.5 billion, the survey found there are slightly fewer students in households this summer.

Combined spending for back to school and college is expected to reach $74.9 billion.

NRF this year broke out spending by grade, and according to the survey, families with high school students will spend the most. The survey found the average family shopping for high school students will spend $682.99, while spending on middle school/junior high comes in a close second at $682.13.

Parents with elementary school-age children will spend an average of $580.94.

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