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Average consumer will spend $145.28 for Easter

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- More than 400 pounds of chocolate bunnies, eggs, truffles and other treats will leave the doors of Main Street's The Hot Chocolatier by the time the Easter Bunny finishes its Sunday morning rounds.

"We've been selling bunnies as fast as we can make them," said owner Wendy Buckner. "I know it's going to get busier in the next couple days."

Sales so far are triple those of 2011 for what tends to be her highest-volume sales holiday of the year. To keep up with demand, she's extending her hours tonight and Saturday and crafting as much as 80 pounds of chocolate a day.

Easter sales figures are expected to rise above pre-recession levels, led by strong food, clothing and, of course, candy sales. About 90 percent of consumers celebrating the unofficial start to spring plan to do so by spending about $20 on candy, according to data from the National Retail Federation.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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