The numbers show that, shaky economy or not, Americans are sparing no expense in order to be festive: We collectively dropped $7 billion on Halloween last year, and another $6 billion on Christmas decorations. And the Super Bowl? That’s when we’re really expected to go all out.
According to a National Retail Federation survey, consumer spending related to the Super Bowl will hit an all-time high this year. Spending will average $63.87 per adult viewer, up from $59.33 last year. When totaled up, spending on Super Bowl parties and related merchandise—jerseys, beverages, pigs-in-blankets, and so on—is expected to reach a whopping $11 billion. That’s a lot of pigs in a blanket.
The Iowa GOP Party will certify this month’s presidential caucuses as a split decision between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, citing missing data from eigh precincts, the Des Moines Register reported Thursday.
The party had previously awarded the contest to Romney, with an eight-vote margin. The Register said the new count put Santorum ahead by 34 votes.