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By the Numbers: How Americans Spend Their Money

Last year, Americans spent $10.7 trillion shopping. With that much dough, you could buy over 2000 aircraft carriers, 300 private islands, and still have money left over for a latte. Here’s a taste of the things we bought—and how much we spent on them. Getty Images Beer: $96 billion—enough to make 199,937,239 barrels! (Brewers Association) Pretzels: $550 million [...]