You Were Really Great at Shopping Last Month

A man carrying two shopping bags waits to cross 6th Avenue on December 26, 2011 in New York City.
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Congratulations! Bloomberg reports that spending at malls increased the most in five months and purchases at clothing stores rose 1.8 percent — the best performance since November 2010. Gap and Target, to name a few, exceeded analysts' expectations.